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Epoetin Alfa

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agent Eprex® Adult, Cancer-related

Epoetin Alfa - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Epoetin Alfa cause?

  • Flu-like syndrome e.g. fever, chills, headache, body aches
  • Usually occurs at the start of treatment. Maintain hydration – drink sufficient fluids – and take paracetamol if necessary.   
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Pain and redness at injection site
  • To reduce symptoms, alternate injection site and apply cold compress.

Inform your doctor is any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher
  • Increased fatigue, weakness and pale skin colour
  • Severe headache, giddiness, light-headedness
  • Rapid heartbeat, sudden onset of chest pain or breathlessness
  • Signs of blood clot over a vein or calf tenderness
  • Seizures
  • Allergic reaction e.g. rash, itch, swelling, dizziness, breathing difficulty

Before taking Epoetin Alfa , what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Epoetin Alfa ?

Epoetin Alfa - Additional Information

  • Updated on Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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