Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hormone secreting by your kidney to increase the production of red blood cells by the bone marrow.
Kidney senses the low-oxygen level in the blood reaching it and respond by secreting erythropoietin by a kidney cell. This low-oxygen level indicates anemia (low red blood cells number), or hemoglobin molecules that transport oxygen throughout the body.
Erythropoietin is best for low blood pressure treatment if the cause of low BP is due to anemia. Erythropoietin can increase RBC (red blood corpuscles) and thus raises your blood pressure.
Erythropoietin is a type of protein occurs naturally in your body. Erythropoietin as a medicine stimulates the bone marrow to make red blood cells. Therefore, it is the best treatment for a low red blood cell count (anemia); it is applicable as an alternative to a blood transfusion.
Erythropoietin is a protein with an attached sugar (a glycoprotein), is one of the stimulants for the growth of specific blood cell type in the bone marrow.
Available Erythropoietin brands: in the market are epoetin (Eprex, NeoRecormon), darbepoetin (Aranesp), and epoetin alfa (Epogen, Procrit).
How does Erythropoietin work to raise low blood pressure?
Erythropoietin is an essential hormone for the red cell synthesis. Without it, the process of red cell synthesis does not take place. Erythropoietin stimulates the bone marrow to synthesize more red blood cells. The resultant rise in red cells increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, so no more dizziness.
Who can use Erythropoietin?
Erythropoietin is best for you with low blood pressure, if you are anemic due to kidney problem or cancer treatment. It increases the red blood cell count as well as a vasoconstrictor. Thus your blood pressure rises.
How do you take Erythropoietin?
You can take erythropoietin stimulators by two ways; they are injected into the vein (with an intravenous needle) or injected under the skin (subcutaneous). Consult your doctor, which is best for you.
What can expect from Erythropoietin?
It increases the red blood cell count as well as raises your blood pressure by vasoconstriction. Thus, you do not have any more dizziness due to drop in blood pressure, and low oxygen level in the blood.
What are the possible side effects of Erythropoietin?
Mostly, it does not have any problematic side effects. It helps improves how well you are feeling, and it increases your appetite, energy, and activity levels. However, it is dangerous to use erythropoietin to increase your red blood cell (hemoglobin) levels over 12 g/dL. Too high hemoglobin level may increase your risk of death, heart failure, heart attack, and stroke.
Possible drug interaction of Erythropoietin
It is contraindicated in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, and those hypersensitive to mammalian cell-derived products, and human albumin.
Erythropoietin recommended daily dosage
Erythropoietin therapy is expensive; discuss with your doctor for a right dosage that gives you the most benefit with less cost.
If you are panic about medication’s side effects, you can alternatively manage with low blood-pressure natural treatments.