Epogen, Procrit, EPO (There may be other brand names for this
How is Epoetin Alfa Administered?
Your medicine may be given intravenously, which means it will be given through a tube placed in a vein, usually in your arm, wrist, hand or chest. It may also be given by injection.
What is Epoetin Alfa Used For?
This drug is used to treat anemia caused by some chemotherapy agents.
How Does Epoetin Alfa Work?
Epoetin alfa belongs to a class of drugs known as colony stimulating factors because they stimulate the cells in the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. It is a synthetic version of erythropoietin, a protein normally produced by your kidneys.
Epoetin alfa is not an anticancer drug; its purpose is to provide general support and improve health by increasing your red blood cell count. (Red blood cells carry oxygen to the cells throughout your body.)