Sodium ferric gluconate complex (Injection)

Introduction

Sodium Ferric Gluconate Complex (SOE-dee-um FER-rik Gloo-koe-nate KOM-plex)

Treats iron deficiency in the blood in patients on dialysis who receive erythropoietin.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Ferrlecit

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to this medicine or any iron products, or if you have anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency. You should not receive this medicine if you have too much iron in your blood.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often you should receive this medicine.A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. You will receive the medicine in an IV infusion during your dialysis sessions.

If a dose is missed:

  • This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor or dialysis clinic for instructions.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking a multivitamin or iron supplement.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or have ever been treated for any blood disorder. Tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or heart problems. Make sure your doctor knows about any other health problems you may have.
  • Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Chest, back, flank (side), or groin pain.
  • Heartbeat that is too fast, too slow, or uneven.
  • Flushing, lightheadedness, severe tiredness, or fainting.
  • Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, or on one side of your body.
  • Pain in your lower leg (calf) or leg swelling.
  • Redness, pain or swelling at the injection site.
  • Stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Sudden or severe headache, or new problems with vision, speech, or walking.
  • Unexplained sweating, chills, fever, or flu-like symptoms.
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising.
  • Wheezing, trouble swallowing, breathing too fast, or coughing up blood.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Discomfort when urinating.
  • Dizziness, headache, or sore throat.
  • Sleepiness, or trouble sleeping.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Review Date: 2011-02-04 Reviewed By: Keywords: ,
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