Ferrlecit

Generic Name: Sodium Ferric Gluconate Complex

  • What is Ferrlecit?

    Ferrlecit is a medicine used intravenously (through a vein in your arm) to treat anemia due to inadequate iron in patients with chronic (long-term) kidney disease receiving hemodialysis.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Ferrlecit?

    Ferrlecit can cause serious allergic reactions. Tell your doctor if symptoms such as rash, itching, dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling, or breathing problems occur during or after Ferrlecit administration.

    Ferrlecit can cause low blood pressure; your doctor will monitor your blood pressure while you are receiving Ferrlecit.

  • Who should not take Ferrlecit?

    Your doctor will not administer Ferrlecit to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ferrlecit?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ferrlecit. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of allergic reactions to iron products.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥6 years: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you intravenously.

  • How should I take Ferrlecit?

    Your doctor will administer Ferrlecit to you and will monitor your blood pressure.

  • What should I avoid while taking Ferrlecit?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ferrlecit?

    If Ferrlecit is administered with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking oral iron supplements or any other iron-based preparation (such as ferrous fumarate, ferrous gluconate, or ferrous sulfate).

  • What are the possible side effects of Ferrlecit?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: chest pain, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, high blood pressure, increased heart beats, injection-site reactions, low blood pressure, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting

  • Can I receive Ferrlecit if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Ferrlecit during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Ferrlecit?

    Ferrlecit should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled appointment, contact your doctor for advice.

  • How should I store Ferrlecit?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.