The production of red blood cells can be significantly increased if you take too much Procrit. Overdose effects (caused by the red blood cells increasing too quickly or too much) may include blood clots, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, or strokes. Treatment for a Procrit overdose usually involves removing blood or treating symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.
Procrit® (epoetin alfa) is a prescription medication used to treat anemia due to various causes. It is part of a group of medications known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (also known as ESAs). The effects of a Procrit overdose will vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Procrit dosage and whether it was taken with other medicines, alcohol, or street drugs. If you happen to overdose on Procrit, seek immediate medical attention.
Procrit works by stimulating the production of red blood cells. The expected symptoms of a Procrit overdose are caused by the red blood cells increasing too quickly or too much. This can be quite dangerous, increasing the risk of the following effects:
- Heart attacks
- Blood clots
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Clotting off of a tube used to perform dialysis (called a hemodialysis graft).
If the red blood cells increase too much, this can be corrected by removing blood. This is done through the same process as that used when donating blood (except the blood is not donated). Treatment may also include supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.