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Product Description

Epogen is a useful treatment for anemia caused by kidney failure or chronic kidney disease. It is a safe medication for cats or dogs that stimulates red blood cell (erythrocyte) production, allowing oxygen to be carried to cells within the body.

Who is Epogen for?

For use in cats and dogs.

Why use Epogen?

Epogen is stimulates red blood cell production and helps treat anemia associated with kidney failure or chronic kidney disease.

How does Epogen work?

Epogen stimulates red blood cell production.

Manufacturer:

Abaxis

Active ingredient(s):

Epoetin Alfa

What are the side effects of Epogen?

The most commonly reported side effect of Epogen is antibody production. Antibodies are produced as a response to foreign proteins in the body. The issue is that antibodies are produced against the foreign (human) erythropoietin and also against the animal's natural erythropoietin. This causes profound anemia, which must be treated with a blood transfusion. Routine monitoring for a drop in red blood cell counts is crucial. This is the first sign that an issue is developing, and this medication may be discontinued before the problem advances.

What special precautions are there?

  • This medication should not be administered to animals with known allergy or hypersensitivity to it.
  • Do not administer to animals with uncontrolled high blood pressure.
  • This drug could interact with other medications. Speak with your veterinarian to decide if other medications your pet is taking may interact with Epogen.
  • With continued use, this medication could become ineffective. In some animals, the immune system could interact against Epogen, causing the body to become resistant to the benefits of the medication. Because of this, it should be used with caution and typically only as a last resort.

What to do if overdose?

Contact your closest animal hospital.

How can I store Epogen?

Protect from light and store in your refrigerator.

Helpful Tips:

The treatment duration depends on the severity of the treated condition, the pet's response to the drug, and any developed side effects. Complete the entire course of treatment unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian. Even if your pet seems to feel better, the entire course of treatment should be completed to prevent development of resistance or relapse.

Pharmacists are standing by to offer Pet Parent counseling regarding prescription medication purchased from Allivet before and after dispensing. Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM EST for consultation.

Overview

Use as prescribed by your vet.

Main Ingredients

Epoetin Alfa

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