erythropoiesis-stimulating agent


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erythropoiesis-stimulating agent

Abbreviation: ESA.
Any drug that binds to cellular receptors for erythropoietin and encourages red blood cell production by the bone marrow. Members of this class of drugs, which include epoietin and darbopoietin, are used to treat anemia, e.g., in patients with chronic kidney disease, cancer, or aplastic anemia. ESAs are used as an alternative to red blood cell transfusions. Potential side effects of treatment include high blood pressure and an increased risk of blood clots.
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It also addresses the blood-clotting risks of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and recommends discontinuing their use beyond 6-8 weeks if the patient has not responded to therapy.
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Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) stimulate bone marrow to increase the production of red blood cells, lowering the need for blood transfusions during chemotherapy in cancer patients.
The blockbuster drugs are part of a class called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), which are approved for treating patients with kidney disease and cancer.
WASHINGTON -- Limiting the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents in patients with chemotherapy induced anemia would greatly increase demand for blood products and impose considerable pressure on the available U.
These drugs are called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs).
Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents are contraindicated for a hemoglobin of greater than 10 and carry significant risk.

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