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Procrit (Epoetin alfa)

Also Known as Eprex

Prescription requiredOnly Available By Prescription
What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.


Procrit is a kidney disease treatment medication available by prescription and used to treat anemia and address low red blood cell counts for kidney failure patients. It may also be prescribed as an adjunct medication for chemotherapy, and it is also used with zidovudine as part of HIV treatment for some patients. The Procrit injection is administered either intramuscularly or into a vein depending on treatment type. Buy Procrit from Canada and Canpharm and get the best price on the medication.

What is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition where the individual does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body's tissues. This can cause them to be tired, weak, and short of breath. In some patients this may be a warning sign of a more serious illness.

Fact Table
Formula C809H1301N229O240S5
License FDA approved
Bioavailability N/A (administered via injection)
Legal Status Prescription only
Chemical Name Epoetin alfa
Elimination Half-life 4-13 hours (varies by route of administration)
Dosage (Strength) Available in multiple strengths: 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 10,000, 20,000, and 40,000 Units per mL
Pregnancy Advice Category C (risk cannot be ruled out)
Brands Procrit, Epogen
Protein Binding Not applicable (does not bind significantly to plasma proteins)
PubChem CID 16132357
MedlinePlus Number a692034
ChEBI ID 7877
ATC Code B03XA01
DrugBank ID DB00016
KEGG ID D03230
Routes of Administration Intravenous, subcutaneous

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Standard Procrit dosage is to administer the injection 1 to 3x per week as indicated in your prescription

Suitable injection sites for the Procrit injection are the upper front thighs, buttocks, rear of upper arm, or abdomen excluding a 2” radius around the navel

Clean injection site with rubbing alcohol before each injection and it is best to alternate between injection sites to reduce the risk of lipodystrophy.


The active ingredient in Procrit is Epoetin Alpha.


Let your doctor know of any history of high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, seizure disorder, or blood infections before starting on Procrit

People with phenylketonuria may not be suitable for using his medication as it contains phenylalanine.

People who have had PRCA pure red cell aplasia anemia may not be suitable for this medication because of potential allergy to Epoetin Alfa or Darbepoetin Alfa

Do not use Procrit from a multi-dose vial if you are pregnant or breast feeding

Dispose of injection properly as show in your prescription


Negative drug interactions may occur between the Procrit injection and other Rx medications, including beltuzifan, benazepril, captopril, carfilzomib, cyclosporine, enalapril, enalaprilat, fosinopril, ibritumomab, lenalidomide, lisinopril, moexipril, perindopril, pomalidomide, quinapril, ramipril, thalidomide, and trandolapril. Let your doctor know of all medications you are currently taking before getting a prescription and proceeding to buy Procrit online.

Side Effects

Procrit side effects may occur, and some users may experience headache, body ache, cough, or irritation / pain at the injection site. If side effects are experienced, you may want to stop use and meet with a doctor again to discuss anemia treatment medication alternatives.

Remember, these are not exhaustive lists, and it's important to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance. If you prefer, you may contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directly. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088

Frequently Asked Questions about Procrit

How dangerous is Procrit?

The Procrit injection is not dangerous if you adhere to dosage guidelines and administer the injection exactly as it is shown in your prescription.

How long do Procrit side effects last?

For most people, the side effects they experience from using this medication tend to subside within a few hours at most.

Where should Procrit be injected?

The injection can be administered into any of 4 injection sites: buttocks, front upper thighs, back upper arms, or abdomen.

Are Epogen and Procrit interchangeable?

These two medications are very similar in their formulation and both are for treatment of anemia for liver disease patients, but any switch between these medications should only be made with a doctor’s approval.

How long can you take Procrit?

The amount of time you can remain on Procrit will depend on whether or not the medication is injected into a vein as part of hemodialysis. It will differ from the dose who are injecting intramuscularly.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.