For people on dialysis with anemia due to CKD

How Is Your EPOGEN® Treatment Monitored?

It takes time for your body to make new red blood cells and raise your hemoglobin (Hb) level. With EPOGEN® treatment, Hb levels usually increase in 2 to 6 weeks.

Your doctor will test your blood regularly—at least weekly at the beginning of your treatment—to make sure EPOGEN® is working. The test will measure your Hb or your hematocrit (hee-MAT-a-crit) levels, though most doctors measure Hb because it is a better way to check for anemia.

Dialysis Care Team
  • Your doctor will determine the right Hb level for you and prescribe the smallest dose of EPOGEN® required to reduce your need for blood transfusions.
  • EPOGEN® may be prescribed when your Hb level is less than 10 g/dL.
  • Throughout your EPOGEN® treatment, your doctor will also check your iron levels because iron helps your red blood cells carry oxygen. The majority of patients taking EPOGEN® for their anemia require iron therapy.
Take an active role in your care by talking to your dialysis care team about your Hb level.