The nurse is caring for a client with chronic kidney failure who is receiving Epoetin alfa. The nurse understands which statement to be true regarding this medication?

  • Side effects include joint pain and hypotension.
  • It stimulates the production of white blood cells.
  • Side effects include bloody urine and headaches.
  • It is given once a week either via the IM route or subcutaneously.
Number 4 is correct.
Epoetin alfa is usually given as a weekly injection either IM or subcutaneously. Side effects include joint pain, hypertension, and headaches. Bloody urine is not a side effect of this medication.