What is Epoetin (Erythropoietin)?

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Epoetin is a synthetic version of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. Epoetin is used in the treatment of anemia resulting from kidney failure or chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anemia of chronic disease 10 6
Myelodysplastic syndrome 4 3
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 1
Chronic kidney disease 1 0
Muscle stiffness 1 1

Show all 6 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Epoetin (Erythropoietin)

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Epoetin (Erythropoietin)

Dosage Patients
10,000 unt/ml every other week 1

Why patients stopped taking Epoetin (Erythropoietin)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 3
Other 3
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 10 patients who've stopped taking Epoetin (Erythropoietin)

Duration

Currently taking Epoetin (Erythropoietin)

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Epoetin (Erythropoietin)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 6
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1 patient evaluation for Epoetin (Erythropoietin)

Nov 8, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3000 mL Every Other Week
Cost: < $25 monthly

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