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ferric carboxymaltose

Pronunciation: FER ik kar BOX ee MAWL tose

Brand: Injectafer

What is the most important information I should know about ferric carboxymaltose?

You should not use ferric carboxymaltose if you have iron overload disorder, or anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency.

What is ferric carboxymaltose?

Ferric carboxymaltose is an iron replacement product. You normally get iron from the foods you eat. Iron helps your body produce red blood cells that carry oxygen through your blood to tissues and organs.

Ferric carboxymaltose is used in adults to treat iron deficiency anemia (a lack of red blood cells caused by having too little iron in the body). Ferric carboxymaltose is usually given when iron taken orally (by mouth) is not effective.

Ferric carboxymaltose may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving ferric carboxymaltose?

You should not use ferric carboxymaltose if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • iron overload disorder (hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis); or
  • anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • liver disease; or
  • high blood pressure.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It may not be safe to breast-feed a baby while you are using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risks.

How is ferric carboxymaltose given?

Ferric carboxymaltose is given as an infusion into a vein. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Ferric carboxymaltose is usually given in two doses, 7 days apart. Your doctor will determine whether you need a repeat course of these two doses.

Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when ferric carboxymaltose is injected.

You will be watched closely for at least 30 minutes to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.

You may need frequent medical tests. Even if you have no symptoms, tests can help your doctor determine if this medicine is effective.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your ferric carboxymaltose injection.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include weakness, joint problems, and problems with balance or walking.

What should I avoid after receiving ferric carboxymaltose?

Iron is contained in many vitamin or mineral supplements. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much iron. Avoid taking any vitamin or mineral supplement your doctor has not recommended.

What are the possible side effects of ferric carboxymaltose?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; feeling light-headed; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • increased blood pressure --severe headache, pounding in your neck or ears, dizziness, nausea;
  • low levels of phosphorus in your blood --confusion, bone pain, muscle weakness; or
  • high levels of iron stored in your body --metallic taste in the mouth, bloody or tarry stools, vomiting blood, severe shortness of breath, chest pain, pale skin, blue lips or fingernails, loss of consciousness, or seizure (convulsions).

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea;
  • dizziness;
  • high blood pressure;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling); or
  • low phosphorus levels.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect ferric carboxymaltose?

Other drugs may affect ferric carboxymaltose, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about ferric carboxymaltose.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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