Feraheme Side Effects
Generic name: ferumoxytol
Note: This document contains side effect information about ferumoxytol. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Feraheme.
Some side effects of Feraheme may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to ferumoxytol: intravenous solution
Along with its needed effects, ferumoxytol (the active ingredient contained in Feraheme) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ferumoxytol:Less common
- Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
- blurred vision
- chest pain
- difficult or labored breathing
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- rapid weight gain
- shortness of breath
- tightness in the chest
- tingling of the hands or feet
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- unusual weight gain or loss
- Bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nail beds
- chest discomfort
- decreased urine output
- difficulty with swallowing
- dilated neck veins
- extreme fatigue
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- irregular breathing
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- loss of consciousness
- nausea or vomiting
- no blood pressure or pulse
- pain in the shoulders, arms, jaw, or neck
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- skin rash
- stopping of the heart
- swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
- troubled breathing
- weight gain
Some side effects of ferumoxytol may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:Less common
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- back pain
- muscle spasms
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ferumoxytol: intravenous solution
Cardiovascular side effects have included hypotension (2.5%), chest pain (1.3%), and hypertension (1%). Anaphylactic type reactions presenting with cardiac/cardiorespiratory arrest, clinically significant hypotension, syncope, unresponsiveness, loss of consciousness, tachycardia/rhythm abnormalities, angioedema, ischemic myocardial events, congestive heart failure, pulse absent, and cyanosis have been reported postmarketing.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea (4%), nausea (3.1%), constipation (2.1%), vomiting (1.5%), and abdominal pain (1.3%).
Nervous system side effects have included dizziness (2.6%), headache (1.8%), and pyrexia (1%).
Respiratory side effects have included cough (1.3%) and dyspnea (1%).
Dermatologic side effects have included pruritus (1.2%) and rash (1%).
Musculoskeletal side effects have included back pain (1%) and muscle spasms (1%).
Metabolic side effects have included peripheral edema (2%) and edema (1.5%).
Hypersensitivity reactions have included anaphylaxis and/or anaphylactoid reactions. Anaphylactic type reactions presenting with cardiac/cardiorespiratory arrest, clinically significant hypotension, syncope, and unresponsiveness have been reported in the postmarketing experience.
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