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Procrit Indication Hiv Hemoglobin Level

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...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. A large study of people with HIV found EPO injections decreased the risk of death. Transfusions seemed to increase the risk of death. Because of the risks of transfusions, they are rarely used to treat...
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Hey Dr. Bob,I'm new to this HMO bullshit. My doc wants to cut my Procrit from 3 times a week to just once a week. What's up with that? Is that safe or just another HMO cut back deal. This guy's supposed to be a good HIV specialist (even claims to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...drug during scheduled hemodialysis visits in patients with chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis. This was the original indication for using the drug, i.e. treatment of anemia in patients with chronic renal failure. Alternative, more... Read more »

is procrit like anadrol?

Is one safer than the other?Thanks!
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...voice, or make you horny. Perhaps your confusion resulted from the fact that both anabolic steroids and Procrit can increase hemoglobin levels by inducing the production of new red blood cells. This is useful in treating anemia and relieving... Read more »

Procrit and blood transfusions

Dr. Frascino,Help! I've been HIV positive for many years and finally my viral loasd is coming down but I'm anemic. I've been getting blood transfusions which help for a while. I don't want to change my HIV meds as I don't have many (or any) options...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...there may not be an option to switch or dose modify. Treatment of anemia in HIV-positive folks should be considered whenever the hemoglobin levels fall below the normal values (14-18 g/dL for men and 12-16 g/dL for women). The goals of treating... Read more »

Procrit is NOT working!

I'm taking weekly Procrit shots as well as iron pills. My original iron level was 8.5, 2 weeks later it was 7.5, and one week later it was 5.5. All of this while receiving weekly Procrit shots at 40cc's. BUT I FEEL GREAT! (Isn't that weird???)I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Not sure Im getting the whole story here which makes it difficult for me to comment. Are you talking about iron levels or hemoglobin levels? (8.5, 7.5, 5.5?) Procrit does not raise iron levels, but rather hemoglobin levels. However,... Read more »
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Longer Dosing Intervals of Epoetin Alfa Are Effective in Maintaining Hemoglobin Levels in Anemic, HIV-Infected Patients

...anemia is associated with improved survival. In addition, well-controlled clinical trials have demonstrated that increasing hemoglobin levels in HIV-positive patients with mild to moderate anemia enhances quality of life and improves physical... Read more »
The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...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... Read more »
The Body PRO

Once-Weekly Epoetin Alfa Corrects Hemoglobin as Effectively as Thrice Weekly

...present study compared the effect of QW (once-weekly) versus TIW (thrice-weekly) administration of epoetin alpha (Procrit) on hemoglobin levels and quality of life (QOL) in HIV-positive patients receiving stable antiretroviral therapy. The study... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...than womenstill have HIV in the US, women are catching up. In some countries, HIV+ womenoutnumber HIV+ men. The proportion of HIV/AIDS cases among women has more than tripled from 8percent in 1985 to an alarming 27 percent in 2008. That means... Read more »
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