FERRIC CARBOXYMALTOSE (ferr-ik car-box-ee-mol-toes) is an iron complex. Iron is used to make healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. This medicine is used to treat anemia in people with chronic kidney disease or people who cannot take iron by mouth.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
anemia not caused by low iron levels
high levels of iron in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to iron, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
other iron products
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional regularly. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
You may need to follow a special diet. Talk to your doctor. Foods that contain iron include: whole grains/cereals, dried fruits, beans, or peas, leafy green vegetables, and organ meats (liver, kidney).
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tonguebreathing problems
changes in blood pressure
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
flushing, sweating, or hot feelings
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
changes in taste
pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.