Feraheme

Pronunciation

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

What is Feraheme?

Feraheme (ferumoxytol) is a type of iron. You normally get iron from the foods you eat. In your body, iron becomes a part of your hemoglobin (HEEM o glo bin) and myoglobin (MY o glo bin). Hemoglobin carries oxygen through your blood to tissues and organs. Myoglobin helps your muscle cells store oxygen.

Feraheme is used to treat iron deficiency anemia in people with chronic kidney disease. Anemia is a lack of red blood cells caused by having too little iron in the body.

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

Important information

You should not use Feraheme if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an injectable form of iron (including ferumoxytol), or if you have iron overload syndrome or any type of anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency.

Before you receive Feraheme, tell your doctor if you are won dialysis.

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To be sure Feraheme is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with Feraheme. Visit your doctor regularly.

Feraheme can cause unusual results with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests for up to 3 months after you receive this medication. Tell any doctor who treats you that you have received a ferumoxytol injection within the past 3 months.

Feraheme will not affect other types of X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, or nuclear radiation imaging.

Before receiving Feraheme?

You should not use Feraheme if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an injectable form of iron (including ferumoxytol), or if you have:

  • iron load syndrome; or

  • any type of anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency.

Before you receive Feraheme, tell your doctor if you are on dialysis.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Feraheme will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Feraheme. It is not known whether ferumoxytol passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using Feraheme.

See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)

How is Feraheme given?

Feraheme is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

You will be watched closely for at least 30 minutes after receiving Feraheme, to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction to the medication.

Feraheme is usually given as a single injection followed by a second injection 3 to 8 days later.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with Feraheme. Visit your doctor regularly.

Feraheme can cause unusual results with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests for up to 3 months after you receive this medication. Tell any doctor who treats you that you have received a ferumoxytol injection within the past 3 months.

Feraheme will not affect other types of X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, or nuclear radiation imaging.

What happens if I miss a dose?

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

What happens if I overdose?

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

What should I avoid?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Do not take any vitamin or mineral supplements that your doctor has not prescribed or recommended.

Feraheme side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Feraheme: hives; wheezing or difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Watch for signs of allergic reaction for at least 30 minutes after your injection.

Call your doctor at once if you have serious side effects such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;

  • slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing (breathing may stop);

  • easy bruising;

  • swelling where the medicine was injected; or

  • worsening symptoms of kidney failure (urinating less than usual or not at all, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath).

Less serious Feraheme side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;

  • diarrhea, constipation;

  • headache, dizziness;

  • swelling in your hands or feet;

  • chest pain; or

  • cough.

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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Feraheme?

Tell your doctor if you are also taking an oral iron supplement (including ferrous gluconate, ferrous fumarate, or ferrous sulfate). Treatment with Feraheme can make it harder for your body to absorb iron supplements taken by mouth.

There may be other drugs that can interact with Feraheme. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Feraheme.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Feraheme only for the indication prescribed.
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