Erythropoietin stimulating agents (also called ESA medicines) are
used to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney disease.
make a hormone called erythropoietin. This helps the body make red blood cells.
If your kidneys do not make enough of the hormone, you can get anemia. This can
make you feel weak and tired. ESAs replace the hormone.
ESA is usually injected under the skin. It can be
injected into a vein.
Side effects may include:
Most people do not have
You may have other side effects or reactions not listed
here. Check the information that comes with your medicine.
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Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
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