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Treatments for Anemia Related to Chronic Kidney Disease

Treatments for anemia due to chronic kidney disease may include iron, vitamin B12, blood transfusions, or erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs).

A blood transfusion is a procedure in which blood from a donor is given to you through an intravenous (IV) line. Your doctor will determine if a blood transfusion is needed.

ESAs are a class of drugs that stimulate the bone marrow to make more red blood cells. They may be used in the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease to reduce the need for blood transfusions.