Generic Name: ferric carboxymaltose (FER-ik kar-BOX-ee-MAWL-tose)
Brand Name: Injectafer
Ferric carboxymaltose is used for:
Treating iron deficiency anemia.
Ferric carboxymaltose is an iron complex. It works by providing the body with its necessary level of iron.
Do NOT use ferric carboxymaltose if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in ferric carboxymaltose or to other intravenous (IV) iron products
- you have anemia not caused by low blood iron levels
- you have high levels of iron in the blood
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using ferric carboxymaltose:
Some medical conditions may interact with ferric carboxymaltose. 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 multiple blood transfusions
- if you have liver problems, the blood disease porphyria, or thalassemia
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with ferric carboxymaltose. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Iron products taken by mouth because they may not be absorbed into the body as well and their effectiveness may be decreased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if ferric carboxymaltose 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 ferric carboxymaltose:
Use ferric carboxymaltose as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with ferric carboxymaltose. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Ferric carboxymaltose is administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
- Do not use ferric carboxymaltose if it contains particles or is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
- If you miss a dose of ferric carboxymaltose, contact your doctor right away.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use ferric carboxymaltose.
Important safety information:
- Ferric carboxymaltose may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use ferric carboxymaltose with caution. If you experience dizziness, sit up or stand slowly. Sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. Tell your doctor right away if you experience dizziness.
- Serious and sometimes fatal allergic reactions have been reported with ferric carboxymaltose. You will be monitored while you receive ferric carboxymaltose 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, dizziness, light-headedness, swelling, shortness of breath, wheezing). Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Lab tests, including iron levels and blood pressure, may be performed while you use ferric carboxymaltose. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Ferric carboxymaltose 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 ferric carboxymaltose while you are pregnant. Ferric carboxymaltose in found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use ferric carboxymaltose, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of ferric carboxymaltose:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild pain, bruising, or change in skin color at the injection site; nausea; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; dizziness or light-headedness; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever or chills; flushing; headache; severe or persistent pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; shortness of breath; 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 ferric carboxymaltose:
Ferric carboxymaltose is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. Keep ferric carboxymaltose out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about ferric carboxymaltose, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Ferric carboxymaltose 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 ferric carboxymaltose 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 ferric carboxymaltose. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to ferric carboxymaltose. 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 ferric carboxymaltose.
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.
More about ferric carboxymaltose
- Other brands: Injectafer