Feb 21, 2006
You seem to know about this stuff than my doc. Is Procrit better if taken once per week or do we need to take it 3 times per week like my doc says?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Jack Twist? THE Jack Twist? Cool. Damn, I love it when the stars write in.
I'll post a response from the archives that addresses your question.
And Jack, good luck at the Oscars next week. In honor of Brokeback's impending Oscar win, I plan to wear a black Stetson hat along with my tuxedo to a black-tie Academy Awards AIDS benefit party Sunday night!
Anemia / Procrit Feb 5, 2002
You are one funny guy! You have no idea how much your warmly amusing but always compassionate comments mean to guys like me. If I were a woman, I'd want to have your baby! Hey maybe instead I'll just be your babe! So hot-doc what's better once a week or three times a week?? Inquiring minds want to know! I was so wiped out -- not able to think straight (gay?) ... well not able to think clearly, unable to workout at the gym, too fatigued even for sex -- just wasn't "up" to it! Yup, you guessed it. I was anemic. Procrit, as you predicted, perked me up. I've been using it 3 times per week and it's done wonders. I'm back to pumping iron, and regained my vim and vigor, not to mention my wit and charm. So what do you think -- which is better 3 times per week or once per week? Thanks Hottie,
Response from Dr. Frascino
Hey Mr. Bunny,
Is 3-times a week better than once-per-week? Well, if you're talking about sex, yeah! But when it comes to Procrit, no. They are the same. In fact, once-a-week has the advantage, because it's much more convenient. The usual dose is 40,000 units once-per-week. The dose can be adjusted based on your response to therapy. Glad to hear your quality of life has improved with successful treatment of your anemia! Many folks never realize that not thinking clearly, and not being able to work out as hard at the gym might be signs of anemia. But they certainly are. So you're back at the gym, pumping lots of iron, which, of course, will make you, look better naked. And you've got your "wits" about you again. So, I would assume that 3-times a week sex can't be far behind. If you have the energy, but aren't "rising" to the occasion, remember to check your testosterone level. Low testosterone is quite common in us HIV-positive men. If low, supplementation is quite easy with the new topical gel formulation or a patch.
OK, let's review .... For Procrit - once a week is more convienent and equally effective as the old 3 times a week dosing schedule. For sex - 3 times a week beats once a week no matter what. Got it?
Stay energized Bunny!
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