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Brand name: Epogen

Chemical name: Epoetin alfa

Class: Erythropoiesis stimulating agent. Aranesp and Procrit are other erythropoiesis stimulating agents.

How it works: Erythropoiesis stimulating agents cause bone marrow to make more red blood cells.

Uses: Epogen is used to treat anemia, a lower than average number of red blood cells, that can be caused by chemotherapy.

  • Epogen is given at the same time as chemotherapy.
  • Epogen treatment stops when chemotherapy stops.

How it's given: Epogen is given intravenously or as an injection 1 to 3 times per week.

Side effects:

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