|Drug Name: Binocrit®
Generic Name: Epoetin Alfa
Binocrit (prefilled syringes) Epoetin Alfa is known as the highest-quality drug for the treatment of Anemia caused by kidney failure and chemotherapy in cancer. This drug is closely like the natural substance in your body (erythropoietin) that precludes Anemia.
Binocrit (prefilled syringes) Epoetin Alfa is an injection. It contains the active ingredient epoetin alfa, an artificial protein that energizes bone marrow to build more red blood cells. Red blood cells are responsible to provide oxygen to all parts of your body. This mechanism of providing energy to various body parts is the key factor in the use of these drugs as doping agents. A decrease in the number of red blood cells can cause a medical illness called anemia.
Binocrit Usage by Athletes:
Binocrit is often used to increase performance in sports activities. It contains the active ingredient epoetin alfa, an artificial protein that triggers bone marrow to build more red blood cells. This drug is best for athletes because increased red blood cells provide oxygen to the full body and energize it. Iron is also a constituent of red blood cells. Therefore, iron supplements and other blood stimulating drugs may increase your response to Binocrit treatment. Binocrit can be used with a guarantee that it works in an energy-enhancing manner. Sportspersons like cyclists can use it with surety.
Usage of Binocrit (prefilled syringes) Epoetin Alfa
Binocrit (prefilled syringes) is used to cure chemotherapy-induced Anemia which results in decreased production of a hormone called erythropoietin by the kidneys due to kidney failure. This anemia may also be induced by taking zidovudine to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Few symptoms of anemia are feeling cold, tiredness and breathlessness while exercising.
It can also be prescribed by a doctor to mildly anemic patients who are going to have certain surgery and donate blood for their use before surgery so that it can be given to them during or after surgery.
It is not addictive. This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Limitations/Side effects of Use:
A person having uncontrolled high blood pressure, or if ever had pure red blood cell aplasia (PRCA, a type of anemia) caused by using epoetin alfa or darbepoetin alfa should not use this drug.
Must notice the signs of a blood clot and contact your doctor. Signs are chest pain, sudden numbness or weakness, pain or cold feeling in an arm or leg, problems with vision or speech, trouble breathing.
Also, do not use it If you are a surgery patient who should not be given blood-thinning medicines.
Your doctor will determine the correct dose. This injection is injected either into a vein or just under the skin. After prescription for vein or skin by a doctor, you can inject it under the skin yourself if you wish.
Prescribed starting medication for patients having anemia caused by kidney failure:
For adults: The usual starting dose is 50 IU/kg three times per week.
For children: 25 IU/kg three times per week.
Injecting Binocrit (prefilled syringes) Epoetin Alfa under the skin yourself
In starting It will be injected by medical or nursing staff. However, if your doctor suggests you can inject it by yourself under the skin (subcutaneously) after training.
Don't attempt to inject yourself unless you have been trained to do so.
The amount of single injection is not normally more than one milliliter (1 mL).
Epoetin Alfa is given alone and not mixed with other liquids for injection.
Only use a clear and colorless solution of Epoetin Alfa.
Do not shake these syringes. Shaking may damage the solution of Epoetin Alfa. If the solution has been shaken, don't use it.
If you missed the dose
Inject your dose as soon as you remember, and then continue to use it as you would normally.
Do not use a double dose if you missed the dose.
If you overdose
Immediately contact your doctor or go to the Emergency ward at your nearest hospital.
Store medicines between 2°C and 8°C in the refrigerator (Avoid freezing).
Protect from light, heat, and light can destroy the solution of medicine.
Immediately before use, it may be stored in a room that stays below 25°C, for a maximum of seven days.
Keep away from children.
Do not place medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave medicines in the car or on windowsills.