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Brand name: Eprex

Eprex is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) epoetin alfa. On this page you will find out more about Eprex, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: epoetin alfa

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Eprex 40 000 units/mL injection solution, 1 mL syringe

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

Eprex is indicated for the treatment of patients with symptomatic or transfusion requiring anaemia associated with chronic renal failure to improve their quality of life by improving energy levels, exercise performance, fatigue and sleep patterns and by reducing the need for blood transfusions. Eprex is also indicated for the treatment of anaemia and reduction of transfusion in patients with non-myeloid malignancies where anaemia develops as a result of concomitantly administered chemotherapy. Eprex is also indicated in adult patients with mild- to-moderate anaemia (haemoglobin > 100 to <= 130 g/L) scheduled for elective surgery with an expected moderate blood loss (2-4 units or 900 to 1800 mL) to reduce exposure to allogeneic blood transfusion and to facilitate erythropoietic recovery. EPREX is also indicated to augment autologous blood collection and to limit the decline in haemoglobin in anaemic adult patients who are scheduled for major elective surgery and who are not expected to pre-deposit their complete peri-operative blood needs.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Colourless solution.
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
1 x 1.0mL: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Syringe
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light,Do not Shake
Life time 18 Months
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 May 2018

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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