Feraheme

Pronunciation

Generic Name: ferumoxytol (FER-ue-MOX-i-tol)
Brand Name: Feraheme

Feraheme is used for:

Treating anemia caused by low levels of iron in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Feraheme is an iron replacement product. It works by replacing iron in the body.

Do NOT use Feraheme if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Feraheme
  • you have high blood iron levels

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Feraheme:

Some medical conditions may interact with Feraheme. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including any iron preparations)
  • if you have low blood pressure or anemia that is not caused by low levels of iron
  • if you are on dialysis
  • if you will be having an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Feraheme. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Oral iron supplements because their effectiveness may be decreased by Feraheme

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Feraheme may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Feraheme:

Use Feraheme as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Feraheme is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Feraheme.
  • Do not use Feraheme if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • If you miss a dose of Feraheme, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Feraheme.

Important safety information:

  • Feraheme may cause dizziness or light-headedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Feraheme with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Severe and sometimes fatal allergic reactions have occurred in patients using Feraheme. You will be observed for signs of an allergic reaction for at least 30 minutes after you receive Feraheme. Contact your doctor right away if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; fainting; trouble breathing; wheezing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness).
  • Feraheme may interfere with certain lab tests, including MRIs and tests for iron in the blood. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Feraheme.
  • Lab and/or medical tests, including blood iron levels, certain blood cell counts, and blood pressure, may be performed while you use Feraheme. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Feraheme before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Feraheme should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Feraheme while you are pregnant. It is not known if Feraheme is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Feraheme.

Possible side effects of Feraheme:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); bluish skin or nails; chest, jaw, or left arm pain; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; loss of consciousness or unresponsiveness; numbness of an arm or leg; severe or persistent dizziness or light-headedness; shortness of breath; sudden, severe headache or vomiting; swelling at the injection site; swelling of the hands, ankles, legs, or feet; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Feraheme:

Feraheme is handled and stored by a health care provider. Keep Feraheme out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Feraheme, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Feraheme is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Feraheme or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Feraheme. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Feraheme. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Feraheme.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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