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Procrit and Diarrhea

Several side effects may occur with Procrit, and diarrhea is one of the more common problems. In studies, diarrhea appeared to be most common when Procrit was used to treat anemia due to chemotherapy (in up to 21 percent of people). If you are taking Procrit and diarrhea lasts longer than three days, contact your healthcare provider right away.

Does Procrit Cause Diarrhea?

Procrit® (epoetin alfa) is a medication used to treat anemia. Diarrhea appears to be a common side effect of the drug. This data is based on clinical trials that studied Procrit and its side effects.

How Common Is Diarrhea With Procrit?

Before medicines are approved, they must go through several clinical studies, in which thousands of people are given a particular medicine and are then compared to a group of people not given the medicine. In these studies, the side effects are always documented. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. The side effects are then usually separated into those that occur in more than 1 percent of people (common side effects) and those that occur in less than 1 percent of people (rare side effects).
Diarrhea is most common when Procrit is used to treat anemia due to chemotherapy. In studies, up to 21 percent of people taking the drug for this use experienced diarrhea. Diarrhea is less common when Procrit is used to treat anemia due to other causes. This suggests that chemotherapy medications may be contributing to the diarrhea, especially since diarrhea is one of the most common chemotherapy side effects (see Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea).
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