Generic Name: Sodium ferric gluconate complex in sucrose injection.
Trade Name: Ferrlecit®
How is this drug used? Ferrlecit is used to treat iron deficiency anemia in adult patients and in pediatric patients age 6 years and older who are undergoing chronic hemodialysis and who are receiving supplemental epoetin therapy.
What is the mechanism of action? Ferrlecit restores iron to the body.
How is Ferrlecit given (administered)? Ferrlecit is given intravenously (into a vein).
How are patients monitored? Patients will usually have scheduled meetings with their healthcare provider while they are being treated with Ferrlecit. Patients may undergo blood tests, physical examinations, or other measures to assess side effects and response to therapy.
What are the most common side effects (?10%) of multiple-dose Ferrlecit in adults?
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
- Injection site reaction
- Low blood pressure
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal Erythrocytes
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Chest pain
- Leg cramps
What are the most common side effects of Ferrlecit in children?
- Low blood pressure
- High blood pressure
- Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
Severe allergic reactions are rare with Ferrlecit, but have been reported.
This is not a complete list of side effects. Some patients may experience other side effects that are not listed here. Patients may wish to discuss with their physician the other less common side effects of this drug, some of which may be serious.
Some side effects may require medical attention. Other side effects do not require medical attention and may go away during treatment. Patients should check with their physician about any side effects that continue or are bothersome.
What can patients do to help alleviate or prevent discomfort and side effects?
- Pay careful attention to the physician’s instructions and inform the physician of any side effects.
Are there any special precautions patients should be aware of before starting treatment?
- Patients should inform their physician of any other medication they are taking (whether prescription or over-the-counter).
- Patients should inform their physician if they are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a family in the near future.
- Patients should inform their physician about all medical conditions.
When should patients notify their physician?
Tell your doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms. Some reactions to treatment—such as severe allergic reactions—require immediate medical treatment.
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