Generic Name: iron sucrose (EYE-urn SOO-krose)
Brand Name: Venofer

Venofer is used for:

Treating iron deficiency anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Venofer is elemental iron as an injection. It replenishes body iron stores in patients with iron deficiency.

Do NOT use Venofer if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Venofer
  • you have high blood levels of iron
  • you have anemia not caused by a lack of iron

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

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Before using Venofer:

Some medical conditions may interact with Venofer. 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
  • if you have had an allergic reaction to another injectable iron product (eg, iron dextran)
  • if you have certain stomach or bowel problems (eg, colitis, Crohn disease, diverticulitis, peptic ulcer), or certain blood diseases (eg, porphyria, thalassemia)
  • if you have had multiple blood transfusions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Venofer. 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 Venofer

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Venofer 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 Venofer:

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

  • Venofer is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office or clinic. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have about Venofer.
  • If you miss a dose of Venofer, contact your doctor right away.

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

Important safety information:

  • Venofer may cause dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting. To help prevent this, sit up or stand slowly. Also, sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness, light-headedness, or weakness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Venofer.
  • Serious and sometimes fatal allergic reactions have been reported in patients receiving Venofer. You will be monitored while you receive Venofer and for at least 30 minutes after you receive it. Tell your doctor right away if you develop unusual symptoms during or after treatment (eg, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fainting, light-headedness, swelling). Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Venofer should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Lab tests, such as hemoglobin, hematocrit, and iron levels, will be required to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Venofer while you are pregnant. It is not known if Venofer is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Venofer, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Venofer:

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:

Cough; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; muscle cramps; nausea; runny or stuffy nose; sore throat; taste changes; vomiting.

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); burning or pain at the injection site; burning, numbness, or tingling; chest pain; fainting; loss of consciousness; severe or persistent dizziness, headache, or light-headedness; seizures; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet.

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 Venofer:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Venofer, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Venofer 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 Venofer 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 Venofer. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Venofer. 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 Venofer.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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