Here are some important things you should know about erythropoietin therapy.
It is used in patients on dialysis.
Resistance to erythropoietin is most commonly due to iron deficiency.
Adverse effects are associated with rapid rise in hematocrit and hemoglobin - Hypertension, Thrombosis.
Other side effects are: Headache, flu like symptoms, red cell aplasia.
Did you know?
Erythropoietin was the first human hematopoietic growth factor to be isolated.
Erythropoietin was originally purified from urine of patients with severe anemia.
It is banned by the International Olympics Committee.