General considerations for when and how to take Epogen include the following:
- The medication is usually given once a week or three times a week, depending on several factors.
- Epogen comes as an injection that is given under the skin (subcutaneously) or by IV infusion.
- In some situations, you may be able to give yourself the injections (under the skin, not by IV) at home. In this case, your healthcare provider should teach you exactly how to do this.
- Never shake Epogen, as it is a delicate molecule that could be damaged by shaking.
- You will need regular blood tests during treatment 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.
The dose of Epogen your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The cause of your anemia
- How you respond to the drug (as measured by blood tests)
- Your weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Epogen Dosage for more information.)