Efotin is used in the following conditions:

  • Used to treat anemia (a lower than normal number of red blood cells) caused by chronic kidney failure, chemotherapy, or HIV/AIDS.
  • Used to reduce the need for red blood cell transfusions in people with anemia caused by cancer treatments
  • Increases the number of red blood cells in your body and helps reduce the number of transfusions you need

This medicine may be recommended for different uses. Approach your physician or pharmacist for more information.

Do not use Efotin in people with the following conditions:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Patients with uncontrolled hypertension
  • Active malignancy or history of malignancy within the last 5 years
  • Patients with a history of stroke or heart attack within the last 3 months
  • Severe anemia due to a cause other than renal failure
  • Patients with sickle cell anemia or multiple myeloma
  • Patients with serious active infection or sepsis
  • Pregnant or lactating women

Efotin may have the following side effects:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Anemia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the hands, feet, face, lips, throat, or tongue
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Changes in vision
  • High cholesterol
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Weight gain
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Keep in mind that your physician has recommended this drug since he or she has known that the advantage to you is more noteworthy than the risk of adverse reactions. Many individuals utilizing this medicine don’t have serious side effects.

A serious allergy to this medication is uncommon. In any case, seek emergency medical help if you see any manifestations of a serious allergic response, including a rash, tingling or swelling particularly of the face or tongue or throat, dizziness or difficulty in breathing.

This is not a complete list of side effects. If you see other effects not recorded above, contact your physician or pharmacist.


Take extra caution in patients with the following medical conditions:

  • Epoetin alfa should not be given to patients with a history of hypersensitivity to the drug or any of its components
  • Should also not be used to treat anemia caused by cancer chemotherapy or AIDS-related causes.
  • Patients should be advised to report any signs of infection, shortness of breath, chest pain, or swelling in the legs or feet
  • Patients should also be monitored for signs of high blood pressure or for high levels of red blood cells, which can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other serious conditions.

Prior to taking this medicine, tell your physician or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, or if you have some other hypersensitivities. This drug may contain inert ingredients which can cause unfavorable side effects or different issues. Talk with your pharmacist for more information.


Efotin may interact with the following medicines:

  • Other medications that contain erythropoietin, such as darbepoetin alfa, or with other drugs that can affect red blood cell production, such as erythropoietin releasing factors, androgens, and corticosteroids
  • Anticoagulants, such as warfarin, as well as drugs that affect blood clotting, such as aspirin
  • Certain antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Inform your physician about the drugs you take including over-the-counter medications, prescribed drugs, supplements and vitamins.

This is not a complete list of drug interactions. Approach your physician or pharmacist for more details.

The effects of certain medications can change if you consume different medications or herbal products simultaneously. This can build your risk for side effects or may cause your drugs not to work effectively. These interactions are conceivable, yet don’t generally happen. Your physician or pharmacist can prevent or oversee interactions by changing how you utilize your prescriptions or by close checking.

While utilizing this drug, don’t start, stop, or change the dose of other medicines you are using without your physician’s advice.

If you suspect an overdose, contact your doctor right away.

Available Brands:

  • Efotin

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