Patients and Caregivers
PROCRIT® (epoetin alfa) is used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia) caused by:
  • Chronic kidney disease in patients on dialysis and not on dialysis.
  • Chemotherapy that will be used for at least 2 months after starting PROCRIT®.
  • A medicine called zidovudine (AZT) used to treat HIV infection.
PROCRIT® may also be used to reduce the chance you will need red blood cell transfusions if you are scheduled for certain surgeries where a lot of blood loss is expected.

PROCRIT® should not be used for treatment of anemia:
  • If you have cancer and you are receiving hormones, biologic products or radiation therapy unless also receiving chemotherapy at the same time.
  • If you have cancer and you will not be receiving chemotherapy that may cause anemia for at least 2 more months.
  • If you have a cancer that has a high chance of being cured.
  • In place of emergency treatment for anemia (red blood cell transfusions).
PROCRIT® has not been proven to improve quality of life, fatigue, or well-being.

PROCRIT® should not be used to reduce the chance of red blood cell transfusions if:
  • You are scheduled for surgery on your heart or blood vessels.
  • You are able and willing to donate blood prior to surgery.
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