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How Can Anemia Be Avoided

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These approaches might not work. It may not be possible to stop using all medications that cause anemia. Two additional treatments are injections of EPO and transfusions. EPO (erythropoietin) stimulates the production of red blood cells. In 1985, scientists learned how to make synthetic EPO. It is injected under the skin, usually once a week. The most common brand of EPO is Procrit. In 2011 the FDA warned that using Procrit can increase the...
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Anadrol for anemia?

Dear Dr. Bob,My doc prescribed anadrol for my anemia and fatigue. Now I've got the worst case of acne imaginable. I've already been through a pimply puberty once and i'm not happy about doing it again. My doc says my anemia is a bit...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
Well here's what we know about this one. Anadrol is oxymetholone a synthetic derivative of testosterone. It therefore has all the effects of testosterone including triggering or aggravating acne. Interestingly oxymetholone enhances the... Read more »

Anemia and heavy menses part 2

Thanx 4 answering my first question, it was really eye opening. My gynechologist's knowledge about HIV and treatment is as good as mine. Should i rather find another gyne who can liase with my HIV specialist?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your gynecologist should at least consult regularly with your HIV specialist regarding your anemia problem. Your HIV specialist should perform a complete medical evaluation for your anemia. Certainly heavy menstrual bleeding may be a contributing... Read more »

AZT related anemia in developing country

Dear Doctor: My partner (living in Peru) was diagnosed with HIV 2 years ago and started treatment about 3 months ago with Combivir and Efavirenz. His hemoglobin has dropped to 9 and his doctor has changed the AZT component for stavudine (so he will...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I am not confident that if AZT was directly causing the anemia that reexposure to AZT would not happen again. Optimizing vitamin/iron levels may help in some cases. Not all patients develop lipodystrophy problems (mostly fat loss) on stavudine so... Read more »

anemia pill???

Dear Doctor,Just heard in my support group that Procrit is soon coming out in pill form. Is this true? I can't take time off work to go the the doctors for a shot even if it's only once per week. I also hate feeling tired and want to try...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello A,Well, I have good news and bad news for you. First the bad news --, that support group rumor is untrue. Procrit is available only by subcutaneous injection. It is highly unlikely because of the nature of this synthetic hormone that it will... Read more »
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