Procrit / Eprex

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:51 by admin
Eprex, also known as Procrit or Epoetin Alfa, is a drug used to treat anemia. Eprex has the same biological effects as erythropoietin, a naturally occurring protein that stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells. If the body does not produce enough erythropoietin, severe anemia can occur. Eprex side effects include, but may not be limited to, flu-like symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, and weakness. Skin rashes and increased blood pressure may also occur.

Recently, the United Kingdom's Medicines Control Agency announced that 40 cases of pure red cell aplasia (PRCA), a condition characterized by a near absence of red blood cell precursors, were linked to Eprex use. Because of the lack of red blood cell precursors, anemia worsened in patients suffering from PRCA. The agency recommends discontinuing Eprex use if PRCA is diagnosed.

Several clinical trials of Procrit were halted in November and December of 2003 after researchers discovered a higher-than-expected number of blood clots among patients using the medication.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after recieving Eprex, Procrit, or other erythropoietin mimicking drugs. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Anemia Drugs: Overview
  2. Balance Problems: Overview
  3. Blood Clots
  4. Blood Disorders: Overview
  5. Blood Pressure: Overview
  6. Headaches
  7. Joints & Muscles: Overview
  8. Skin Disorders: Overview
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