When treating anemia due to kidney failure, the recommended dosage of Procrit is 50 to 100 units per kg of weight three times a week. The starting dose for anemia due to zidovudine use is 100 units per kg three times a week for eight weeks. For anemia due to chemotherapy, your dose can be taken once a week or once every three weeks.
The dosage of Procrit® (epoetin alfa) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your weight
- The cause of your anemia
- How you respond to Procrit (as measured by blood tests)
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your Procrit dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Dosage for Anemia Due to Kidney Failure
The recommended starting Procrit dosage for treating anemia due to chronic kidney failure is based on weight: 50 to 100 units per kg of body weight (about 23 to 45 units per pound) three times a week. For children on dialysis, the recommended starting dose of Procrit is 50 units per kg (about 23 units per pound) three times a week.
Your healthcare provider will check your progress frequently, using a blood test that measures the amount of hemoglobin in your blood (hemoglobin is a good way to measure anemia) and will adjust your dose in order to gradually increase your hemoglobin to the lowest dose that is sufficient to reduce the need for red blood cell transfusions. If your hemoglobin increases too quickly or too much, your healthcare provider should decrease your dosage. In some people, Procrit will need to be given just once every two weeks.
Procrit can be given as an injection under the skin (a subcutaneous injection) or by IV. For people on dialysis, the IV method is usually best.