What is the most important information I should know about ferric pyrophosphate?
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any injected iron product.
What is ferric pyrophosphate?
Ferric pyrophosphate 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 pyrophosphate is used to treat iron deficiency in people with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis.
Ferric pyrophosphate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving ferric pyrophosphate?
You should not use ferric pyrophosphate if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any injected iron product.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver disease; or
- high blood pressure.
Ferric pyrophosphate may harm an unborn baby. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine, and for at least 2 weeks after your last dose.
It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
How is ferric pyrophosphate given?
Your doctor will perform blood tests to make sure you do not have conditions that would prevent you from safely using ferric pyrophosphate.
Ferric pyrophosphate is added directly to the dialyzer fluid and given during hemodialysis.
You will be watched closely to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.
A healthcare provider will give you this injection. Ferric pyrophosphate is not for use with home hemodialysis.
You will need frequent medical tests.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Because you will receive ferric pyrophosphate with your hemodialysis, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while receiving ferric pyrophosphate?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What are the possible side effects of ferric pyrophosphate?
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:
- bleeding around your dialysis vein access point;
- blue-colored skin, bulging purple-colored veins that you can see through your skin;
- swelling in your arms, legs, or fingers;
- unusual bleeding or bruising, coughing up blood;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- fever; or
- pain or burning when you urinate.
Common side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness;
- swelling in your hands or feet;
- weakness, tiredness;
- muscle pain;
- feeling short of breath; or
- pain in your back, arms, or legs.
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 pyrophosphate?
Other drugs may affect ferric pyrophosphate, 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 pyrophosphate.
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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