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Can A Person With HIV Take Procrit

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The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...advanced HIV is the cause of anemia, HIV treatment may improve symptoms. There are also medications that help your body make more RBCs. These medications include the injectable drug erythropoietin or EPO (brand names Epogen and Procrit). Some people with severe anemia may need a blood transfusion. However, transfusions are a last resort for HIV-positive people because they may increase the risk of opportunistic infections and death. Good...
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Oral Procrit?

Hey Dr. Bob,I've been HIV positive for nearly as long as you have and I've been following your work here on this site for years. You've helped me out on several occassions before and now I need your advice again. I'm anemic and after a bit of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...a mistake or miscommunication of significant importance. I'm glad you wrote in to help clear this up.First off, Proscar and Procrit are two completely different medications. Procrit is a medication to treat anemia. It stimulates the production of... Read more »

Procrit not working????

Dr Bob,I've had two injections of Procrit and so far my doc says it's not working. That comes as no surprise top me. I'm still feeling wiped out. Any ideas what to do to get my hemoglobin headed back in the right direction?Next, what do you think of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi Antonio,That Procrit has not resolved your anemia-related "wipe-out" after two injections should have come as "no surprise" to your doctor either! Read more »

follow up, fyi (PROCRIT)

I was the one who asked that question in 2000. The flights to Australia and Asia (yes, they're that long!) have not been a problem. I did discover one trick to constant travel. Injecting the 2 10,000 doses at once seems to have the same efficacy...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...starting dose for Procrit is 40,000 units once per week. The dose is then adjusted based on response. Working closely with an HIV specialist (or hematologist) is critical in finding a dose and dosage schedule that works best for each... Read more »

anemia, red blood is low

Hi Doctor,Can you please tell me at what point is it neccessary for a blood trasfusion? And how come procrit doesn't help some people? I am on peginterferon and Ribavan and taking 6o,000 procrit. My red count is 7.6 and my baseline is 14. Years...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Interferon can cause "the flu from Hell" and ribavirin, as noted above, can cause anemia.Regarding your question related to Procrit efficacy, I'll reprint a question from the archives in which I addressed this topic. Finally, as to whether you... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FDA Issues Alert About Counterfeit Procrit

...should quarantine it and phone the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at 800-835-4709, prompt #1, then prompt #5. People can also phone Ortho Biotech, the manufacturer, at 800-325-7504, prompt #2. Back to other CDC news for... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Counterfeit Procrit Alert

...unscrupulous counterfeiting activities, FDA's Office of Criminal Investigation has uncovered the existence of contaminated counterfeit Procrit, also known as epoetin alfa. Procrit is used to stimulate the production of red blood cells in humans... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Anemia

...related infections can cause anemia. Anemia and HIV Serious anemia used to be much more common. Over 80% of people with an AIDS diagnosis had some degree of anemia. People with more advanced HIV disease, or a lower CD4 count, had higher... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Retrovir

...hydroxyurea and doxorubicin. Ribavirin and zidovudine may cancel each other out, so this combination should be monitored closely. New Procrit or Epogen warning: if hemoglobin target is above manufacturer's recommendation (12 g/dL), the risk for... Read more »
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