Brand Names : Epogen, Procrit, Eprex, human erythropoietin, recombinant, EPO, r-HuEPO
Epoetin (eh-POH-ee-tin) is a man-made version of human erythropoietin
(EPO). EPO is produced naturally in the body, mostly by the kidneys. It stimulates
the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. If the body does not produce enough
EPO, severe anemia can occur. This often occurs in people whose kidneys are
not working properly. Epoetin is used to treat severe anemia in these people.
Epoetin may also be used to prevent or treat anemia caused by other conditions,
such as AIDS, cancer, or surgery, as determined by your doctor.
Epoetin is given by injection. It is available only with your doctor's
prescription and is available in the following dosage form:
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Other commonly used names are human erythropoietin,
; and r-HuEPO