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SODIUM FERRIC GLUCONATE COMPLEX - INJECTABLE

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

SODIUM FERRIC GLUCONATE COMPLEX - INJECTABLE

(SOE-dee-um FERR-ic GLU-kon-ate complex)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ferrlecit

WARNING: Iron injection products have caused severe, even fatal, allergic reactions. Iron injections should be used only when clearly needed and should be given exactly as directed; giving this product too quickly may cause low blood pressure. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but very serious side effects occur: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, lightheadedness, trouble breathing, chest pain, muscle pain, or flushing.

Uses

Sodium ferric gluconate is used to treat iron deficiency (low iron) in long-term/chronic dialysis patients who are also receiving medication to increase red blood cells (erythropoietin). Iron is an essential mineral used in red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. It is also necessary for metabolism and other chemical functions of the body (e.g., enzyme production, DNA synthesis).

How To Use

Follow all instructions for proper mixing and dilution with the correct IV fluids. If you have questions regarding the use of this medication, consult your pharmacist. Before giving the prescribed dose, a smaller test dose of this drug is recommended to check for possible side effects or allergic reactions. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Give this medication by vein (IV) over 1 hour in a saline solution as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. This medication should be a clear red color. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.

Side Effects

Nausea, flushing, headache, diarrhea, cramps, or pain/discomfort at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: severe dizziness/lightheadedness, unusual weakness, swelling, vomiting, muscle pain (especially in the lower back/buttocks or legs), or flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: tingling of the hands/feet, chest pain, unusually fast or slow heartbeat, vision problems, stomach pain, black stool. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other blood disorders, low blood pressure, asthma, any allergies. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug. This medication is not recommended for use in newborns. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: vitamins, oral iron supplements. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe stomach pain, vomiting, pale or blue-colored skin (especially the lips and/or fingers/toes), rapid breathing.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress.

Missed Dose

Not applicable.

Storage

Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.