Erythropoietin [Epoetin Beta]


Epoetin beta is a synthetic version of Erythropoietin, a protein naturally occurring in the human body that is involved in the formation of the red blood cells. Epoetin beta has similar protein composition to that of endogenous Erythropoietin.

Erythropoietin injections are used in medicine to treat anemia (decreased ability of blood to deliver oxygen) caused by kidneys disease and cancer. EPO also used recreationally by athletes as a physical performance enhancer.

Dosage and administration

The dosage and the length of the treatment course should be assessed individually. The initial dosage is 50-150 IU per kg of body weight, three times a week. EPO injection should be administered subcutaneously or intravenously.

Side effects

Although the drug considered well-tolerated, it may cause numerous side effects. You can check the full list of possible adverse effects on WebMd