Generic Name: Ferumoxytol (fer ue MOX i tol)
Brand Name: Feraheme
Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018
- Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have happened with ferumoxytol. Allergic reactions have happened in people after the first dose and also in people who have used ferumoxytol before without a reaction. Early signs may include heart attack, low blood pressure, or passing out. The chance of an allergic reaction may be higher if you have allergies to many other drugs. Talk with the doctor.
- You will be watched closely for at least 30 minutes after you receive ferumoxytol. This includes having your blood pressure and heart rate checked. Tell your doctor if you have bluish skin or nails; chest, jaw, or left arm pain; itching; rash; swelling of the tongue or throat; signs of low blood pressure like dizziness or passing out; trouble breathing; wheezing; or any other bad effects during or after the infusion.
Uses of Ferumoxytol:
- It is used to treat anemia.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ferumoxytol?
- If you have an allergy to ferumoxytol or any other part of ferumoxytol.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Anemia from a cause other than low iron stores or too much iron in your body.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with ferumoxytol.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take ferumoxytol with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ferumoxytol?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take ferumoxytol. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may affect an MRI for up to 3 months after the last dose. This medicine may also affect certain tests for iron in the blood. Be sure your doctor and lab workers know you have received ferumoxytol.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use ferumoxytol with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using ferumoxytol while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Ferumoxytol) best taken?
Use ferumoxytol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Dizziness or passing out.
- Swelling in the arms or legs.
What are some other side effects of Ferumoxytol?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Ferumoxytol?
- If you need to store ferumoxytol at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about ferumoxytol, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Drug class: iron products
Other brands: Feraheme