Epofit 3000IU Injection is a medicine that helps your bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. It is used to treat a type of anemia caused by kidney disease. It is also used to treat anemia caused by cancer chemotherapy and by taking medicines to treat HIV.
Epofit 3000IU Injection is given by injection either under the skin or into a vein which will be decided by your doctor. Usually, the injections are given by a nurse or doctor. The dose depends on your body weight and the cause of your anemia. Iron supplements both before and during treatment may make this treatment more effective. Epofit 3000IU Injection needs to be stored in a fridge but used at room temperature.
Before using Epofit 3000IU Injection you should tell your doctor if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, or gout (disease of joint pain). You should also tell him/her what other medicines you are taking in case they affect this treatment. Your blood pressure should be checked often during this treatment by you or your doctor. You may also need other regular medical tests to be sure this medicine is not causing harmful effects. It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
BENEFITS OF EPOFIT INJECTION
In Treatment of Anemia due to chronic kidney disease
Epofit 3000IU Injection is a man-made protein that helps your bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. It is used to treat anemia which is caused by kidney disease in adults and children who are on dialysis. Anemia is a condition where your body does not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen around your body. This medicine helps reduce weakness and tiredness that you may be experiencing due to anemia. The injection is usually given by a doctor after a dialysis treatment.
In Treatment of Anemia due to cancer chemotherapy
Anemia is a condition where your body does not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen around your body. Epofit 3000IU Injection is a man-made protein that works by stimulating the bone marrow (soft tissue inside the bones) to produce more red blood cells. The natural human form of this protein may be reduced when you are having chemotherapy to treat some types of cancer. An injection of the medicine can reduce the need to have a blood transfusion. You may also be given iron supplements to make the treatment more effective.
HOW TO USE EPOFIT INJECTION
Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.
HOW EPOFIT INJECTION WORKS
Epofit 3000IU Injection is an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA). It works by stimulating the bone marrow (soft tissue inside the bones which produces red blood cells) to produce more red blood cells.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Epofit 3000IU Injection. Please consult your doctor.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Epofit 3000IU Injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Epofit 3000IU Injection is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Epofit 3000IU Injection may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Epofit 3000IU Injection is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Epofit 3000IU Injection is recommended.
Regular monitoring of kidney function tests is advised while the patient is taking this medicine.
Epofit 3000IU Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Epofit 3000IU Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Interaction with drugs
WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE EPOFIT INJECTION?
If you miss a dose of Epofit 3000IU Injection, please consult your doctor.
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them
Common side effects of Epofit
- High blood pressure
- Joint pain
- Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
- Bone pain
- Muscle spasm
- Vascular occlusion
- Injection site irritation
- Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
- Weight loss
- Decreased white blood cell count (lymphocytes)
- Increased glucose level in blood
- Blood clot in the blood vessels
Q. How should Epofit 3000IU Injection be stored?
In the hospital, pre-filled syringes are stored unopened in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 ℃. If you are using this medicine at home, it is important that the pre-filled syringe is stored in your refrigerator. Do not store it in the freezer. Allow the pre-filled syringe to reach room temperature prior to using it. This usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Epofit 3000IU Injection pre-filled syringes that are being used or about to be used can be kept at room temperature (not above 25°C) for a maximum single period of 7 days. Keep these pre-filled syringes away from children and protected from light.
Q. What to do if you use too much Epofit 3000IU Injection?
Tell the doctor or nurse immediately if you think too much Epofit 3000IU Injection has been injected.
Q. When should Epofit 3000IU Injection not be used?
Epofit 3000IU Injection should not be used if the solution is clouded or you can see particles floating in it or if the medicine has expired. Refer to the expiry date on the label. You should also not use the medicine if you know or think that it may have been accidentally frozen or if there has been a refrigerator failure.
Q. Can Epofit 3000IU Injection be used in children?
Yes, Epofit 3000IU Injection is used to treat anemia caused due to chronic kidney disease in children who are above 1 year of age. The effectiveness of Epofit 3000IU Injection and side effects seen in children are similar to adults.
Q. Can Epofit 3000IU Injection affect blood pressure?
Yes, Epofit 3000IU Injection can affect blood pressure. During initial therapy with Epofit 3000IU Injection, blood pressure should be monitored and those who have high blood pressure should take appropriate measures to control blood pressure. Your doctor may stop Epofit 3000IU Injection if the blood pressure remains uncontrolled.
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.
Important: We advise you to always read the patient information leaflet inside the medication box, as the generic medication may not always entirely match the patient information leaflet listed. Please contact us if you have any questions.