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Retacrit (epoetin alfa) and Alcohol/Food Interactions

There is 1 alcohol/food/lifestyle interaction with Retacrit (epoetin alfa):


High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Major Potential Hazard, High plausibility

erythropoiesis-stimulating agents - hypertension

The use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents is contraindicated in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. These agents may cause blood pressure to rise. Hypertensive encephalopathy and seizures have been observed in patients with chronic renal failure treated with these agents. Blood pressure should be adequately controlled prior to initiation of therapy, and monitored closely during treatment. Aggressive antihypertensive measures may be necessary, particularly early on in treatment when the hematocrit is increasing. It is recommended to reduce or withhold the use of these agents if blood pressure becomes difficult to control.


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Retacrit (epoetin alfa) drug interactions

There are 18 drug interactions with Retacrit (epoetin alfa)

Retacrit (epoetin alfa) disease interactions

There are 5 disease interactions with Retacrit (epoetin alfa) which include:

Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

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