Epogen can be injected directly into a layer of fat under your skin. This is called a subcutaneous injection. When giving subcutaneous injections, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions about changing the site for each injection. You may wish to write down the site where you have injected.
Where do you inject epoetin?
Epoetin alfa injection products come as a solution (liquid) to inject subcutaneously (just under the skin) or intravenously (into a vein). It is usually injected one to three times weekly.
How do you inject Epogen?
Turn the vial and syringe upside down. Be sure the tip of the needle is in the Epogen liquid. Keep the vial upside down. Slowly pull back on the plunger to fill the syringe with Epogen liquid to the number (mL or cc) that matches the dose your healthcare provider prescribed.
Can Epogen be given subcutaneously?
Several studies have suggested that if recombinant human erythropoietin (epoetin) is administered subcutaneously rather than intravenously, a lower dose may be sufficient to maintain the hematocrit at a given level.
How do you inject Epoetin subcutaneously?
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The syringe firmly. Quickly push the needle into your skin. Use a 45 degree angle. So the needle will go through the skin and into the fat slowly push the plunger to give the medication.
When do you administer EPOGEN?
Initiate Epogen treatment only when the hemoglobin level is less than 10 g/dL. If the hemoglobin level approaches or exceeds 12 g/dL, reduce or interrupt the dose of Epogen. The recommended starting dose for pediatric patients (ages 1 month or older) is 50 Units/kg 3 times weekly intravenously or subcutaneously.
Do you give EPOGEN before or after dialysis?
If prescribed by your doctor, your EPOGEN® treatment will probably be on the same schedule as your dialysis. EPOGEN® needs to be injected either into your skin or directly into your dialysis line. If you are on hemodialysis, it is recommended that you get EPOGEN® through your dialysis line.
How do you administer retacrit?
This medication is given as an injection under the skin or into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 3 times a week. Patients getting this medication before surgery may have a special dosing schedule. Hemodialysis patients should receive this medication by injection into a vein.
How long is EPOGEN at room temperature?
The 40,000-unit vial is stable for 7 days at room temperature unopened.
What is EPOGEN given for?
This medication is used to treat anemia (low red blood cell count) in people with long-term serious kidney disease (chronic kidney failure), people receiving zidovudine to treat HIV, and people receiving chemotherapy for some types of cancer (cancer that does not involve the bone marrow or blood cells).
When is EPOGEN contraindicated?
Epoetin alfa is contraindicated in patients with serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylactic reactions, angioedema, bronchospasm, skin rash, and urticaria, to the product. Immediately and permanently discontinue epoetin alfa and administer appropriate therapy if a hypersensitivity reaction occurs.
What are side effects of EPOGEN?
Common side effects of EPOGEN® include:
- Joint, muscle, or bone pain.
- High blood sugar.
- Low potassium levels in the blood.