Considerations for people taking Epogen include the following:
- The medication comes as an injection that is given under the skin (subcutaneously) or by IV infusion.
- Epogen is usually given once a week or three times a week, depending on several factors.
- In some situations, you may be able to give yourself Epogen injections (under the skin, not by IV) at home. In this case, your healthcare provider should teach you exactly how to give yourself the injections.
- Never shake Epogen, as it is a delicate molecule that could be damaged by shaking.
- You will need regular blood tests while taking Epogen to see how well the medicine is working.
- It is important that your body has enough iron; otherwise, Epogen cannot work well. Your healthcare provider may recommend iron supplements in some situations.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Epogen will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Epogen or your Epogen dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without discussing it with your healthcare provider.