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Epoetin (Epogen)

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What is the Generic Name for Epogen?

Epoetin

What is the Trade Name for Epoetin?

Epogen

What are the Indications of Epoetin (Epogen)?

Anemia

What are the Actions of Epoetin (Epogen)?

Stimulates erythropoesis (production of RBCs)

What is the Therapeutic Class of Epoetin (Epogen)?

Antianemics

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Epoetin (Epogen)?

Hormones

What are the Nursing Considerations of Epoetin (Epogen)?

  • Contraindicated in albumin hypersensitivity
  • May cause seizures, CHF, MI, CVA, HTN
  • Monitor blood pressure during therapy
  • Monitor for signs of anemia
  • Assess dialysis shunts
  • Monitor bleeding times
  • Initiate seizure precautions
  • Do not shake vial
  • More information on Erythropoiesis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythropoiesis)

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