Procrit Side Effects
In clinical studies, up to 58 percent of people experienced nausea while taking Procrit. Side effects also included constipation, fever, and vomiting. In most cases, side effects do not require medical attention. There are, however, a number of rare but potentially serious side effects of Procrit that should be reported to a healthcare provider, including seizures, unexplained weight gain, or an allergic reaction.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Procrit® (epoetin alfa); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects with Procrit do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Procrit. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Procrit side effects with you.)
Procrit has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which side effects are carefully documented. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur and how often they appear. In these studies, the most common side effects seen with Procrit included:
- Nausea -- in up to 58 percent of people
- Constipation -- up to 53 percent
- Fatigue -- up to 44 percent
- Vomiting -- up to 29 percent
- Fever -- up to 29 percent
- Pain, redness, or irritation at the injection site -- up to 29 percent
- Infection -- up to 27 percent.
Other common Procrit side effects (occurring in 11 to 24 percent of people) included:
- Diarrhea (see Procrit and Diarrhea)
- Joint pain
- Unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling
- Upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold)
- Indigestion or heartburn.