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Aranesp® is a prescription medicine used to treat a lower than normal number of... read more

Aranesp® is a prescription medicine used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia) caused by chronic kidney disease in patients on dialysis and not on dialysis. read more

Aranesp® is a prescription medicine used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia) caused by chronic kidney disease in patients on dialysis and not on dialysis.

Aranesp® is a prescription medicine used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia) caused by chemotherapy that will be used for at least two months after starting Aranesp®.

Aranesp® should not be used for the treatment of anemia:

  • If you have cancer and you will not be receiving chemotherapy that may cause anemia for at least 2 more months
  • If you have a cancer that has a high chance of being cured
  • In place of emergency treatment for anemia (red blood cell transfusions)

Aranesp® has not been proven to improve quality of life, fatigue, or well-being.

About anemia

Anemia is a condition in which the body has fewer red blood cells than normal.

Your red blood cells have the important job of carrying oxygen around the body. The fewer you have, the harder your body has to work to do simple tasks, like making your heart beat and your muscles move.

About Aranesp®

Aranesp® is a medicine that acts like a hormone in the body called erythropoietin. Aranesp® helps the body create more red blood cells.

More red blood cells increase your hemoglobin (Hb) level, helping give your tissues and organs the oxygen they need to function properly.

Aranesp® has been used for over 10 years to treat patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis and patients not on dialysis.

Patient Resources

These resources are available to help you manage your anemia and chronic kidney disease:



Aranesp® Patient Brochure
English / Español


Lab Tracker
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Aranesp® Prescribing Information
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Online Resources

For information about anemia or chronic kidney disease, you may want to visit the following websites. Click on the logos to learn more:

How to take Aranesp®

DOSING OPTIONS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

If you are on dialysis:

  • Your doctor will decide if you will take Aranesp® in your dialysis facility or if you and/or your caregiver will be trained to self-inject Aranesp® at home.
  • You can be treated once a week or once every two weeks.
  • If you are on hemodialysis, you should receive Aranesp® during dialysis treatment.

If you are not on dialysis:

  • You are usually treated once every four weeks.

Aranesp® should not be used in place of red blood cell transfusion for the emergency treatment of anemia.

Your doctor will determine the right hemoglobin level for you and treat you with the smallest dose of Aranesp® needed to reduce your need for blood transfusion.

Using the Aranesp® SingleJect® Prefilled Syringe Video

Is Aranesp® right for you?

Aranesp® is not right for everyone. Tell your nurse and doctor about any conditions you have, especially if you:

  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have heart disease
  • Have had a seizure (convulsion) or stroke
  • Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • Are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed
  • Have any allergies, including to latex
  • Have cancer
  • Have any other medical conditions

These conditions can have a serious impact on the way your body responds to Aranesp®. Your doctor needs to be aware of these conditions in order to decide if Aranesp® is right for you.

Tell your doctor about all of the medications you take, including vitamins, prescription and nonprescription medications, and herbal supplements. They can affect your anemia or interact with Aranesp®, so it's very important information for your doctor to know. Your doctor may have you start to take or change to a different blood pressure medication. It is very important to have well-controlled blood pressure levels when you are being treated with Aranesp®.

If you know you are allergic to latex, talk to your healthcare provider before using Aranesp® because the needle cover on the prefilled syringe contains latex.

Know your treatment options

Iron supplements
Many patients with chronic kidney disease do not have enough iron. The body needs iron to make red blood cells and carry oxygen.

Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs)
ESAs act like erythropoietin, which tells your body to make more red blood cells. Having enough iron is important to ESA therapy. An ESA, like Aranesp®, is available only through your doctor, who will review the risks and benefits of this specific treatment.

Red blood cell transfusions
Transfusion can quickly increase the number of red blood cells within 1 to 4 hours. Your doctor could cover the benefits and risks of transfusion, including the possible reactions and infections that could result.

Your doctor will help you choose the best treatment for your anemia.

Product Information

Aranesp® Prescribing Information
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Aranesp® Medication Guide
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Aranesp® Instructions for Use—Single-Dose Vial
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Aranesp® Instructions for Use—Single-Dose Prefilled Syringe (SingleJect®)
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How does chronic kidney disease cause anemia?

If your doctor has diagnosed you with anemia due to chronic kidney disease, it means your kidneys are not making enough erythropoietin (ee-rith-row-PO-eh-tin).

Erythropoietin is the hormone that tells your body to create new red blood cells.

What you can do

You know your doctor is in charge of treating your anemia. But there are also many things you can do to help manage your anemia, such as:

  • Learn more about chronic kidney disease, anemia, and dialysis.
  • Talk with your healthcare team and other patients with anemia.
  • Keep all of your dialysis appointments and stay for your full treatment.
  • Keep track of your lab test results, particularly your hemoglobin.
    Click here to download the Lab Tracker.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice.
  • Take all your medicines as they are prescribed.

Remember: Talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your treatment or lifestyle.