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EPO Side Effects:Treatment for Anemia in Kidney Failure

2014-01-05 11:31

Anemia is a common complication of kidney failure. It can make the patients very tired and even increase the risk of developing heart disease. EPO is commonly used to treat anemia in kidney failure.However,if it is used improperly,it will cause many side effects.

EPO for anemia in Kidney Failure

Healthy kidneys can produce a kind of hormone called EPO. EPO can stimulate the bone marrow to make red blood cells.However, in kidney failure,the diseased kidneys can not produce EPO properly.As a result,less red blood cells are produced, thus giving rise to anemia.

Artificial EPO can stimulate bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. Hence, anemia will be relieved. However, it EPO may have the following side effects on people with kidney failure.

Side effects of EPO on kidney failure patients

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is the most common side effect of artificial EPO,accounting for 20-30% of cases.If high blood pressure occurs,medications for high blood pressure should be prescribed. Also, reducing the dosage of EPO also can help lower high blood pressure.

Pure red cell aplasia

Pure red cell aplasia is a kind of particular adverse effect of EPO. This condition is related to anti-EPO antibody. During the treatment process of EPO, if the anemia becomes more severe. Further checkup should be made to see if it is caused by pure red cell aplasia.

In addition, hyperkalemia and high-coagulation may occur in the treatment for anemia in kidney failure with EPO.

The above are the possible side effects of EPO in treating anemia in kidney failure.You can email to kidneycares@hotmail.com  to get suggestions to control them.

As anemia in kidney failure results from kidney damage and renal function decline, to control the condition fundamentally, treatments should be used to restore impaired kidney structure and enhance renal function. Hot Compress Therapy is an effective treatment to reverse kidney damage and it can help improve renal function fundamentally.

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