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My cat needs darbapoetin. His hematocrit is now less than…

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Hi my cat needs darbapoetin...
Hi my cat needs darbapoetin. His hematocrit is now less than 20. He has cancer and blood in his stool. But I found out the medicine is 300 dollars a month. Is there anything else I can do to increase his hematocrit?
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. No, there aren't drugs in another class of drugs that can stimulate red blood cell production nor are there over the counter products of value. I encourage you to price alpha epoetin (erythropoietin) at Costco, however. It will work as well as darbepoetin at much less cost to you. You don't have to be a Costco member to use their pharmacy.
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