Ferric derisomaltose (Intravenous)
Generic name: ferric derisomaltose (FER-ik der-eye-soe-MAWL-tose)
Drug class: Iron products
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 4, 2021.
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In the U.S.
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Therapeutic Class: Iron Supplement
Uses for ferric derisomaltose
Ferric derisomaltose injection is an iron replacement product that is used to treat iron deficiency anemia (not enough iron in the blood) in patients with non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease (CKD), and in patients who are taking iron supplements that did not work well.
Iron is a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells. When the body does not get enough iron, it cannot produce the number of normal red blood cells needed to keep you in good health. This condition is called iron deficiency (iron shortage) or iron deficiency anemia.
Ferric derisomaltose is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor.
Before using ferric derisomaltose
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For ferric derisomaltose, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to ferric derisomaltose or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of ferric derisomaltose injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of ferric derisomaltose injection in the elderly.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are receiving ferric derisomaltose, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using ferric derisomaltose with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Baloxavir Marboxil
- Magnesium Sulfate
Using ferric derisomaltose with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Mycophenolic Acid
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using ferric derisomaltose with any of the following may cause an increased risk of certain side effects but may be unavoidable in some cases. If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use ferric derisomaltose, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
- Phytic Acid Containing Food
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of ferric derisomaltose. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency or
- Iron overload—Use is not recommended in patients with these conditions.
Proper use of ferric derisomaltose
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you ferric derisomaltose. Ferric derisomaltose is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
Ferric derisomaltose comes with a patient information leaflet. It is very important that you read and understand this information. Be sure to ask your doctor about anything you do not understand.
Precautions while using ferric derisomaltose
It is very important that your doctor check you closely while you are receiving ferric derisomaltose. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Ferric derisomaltose may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, swelling of the face, tongue, and throat, trouble breathing, lightheadedness or dizziness, or chest pain after you receive the medicine.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using other iron supplements. Also, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to injectable iron products.
Tell your doctor right away of you have brown discoloration of the skin at the injection site.
Ferric derisomaltose side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine 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:
- Blurred vision
- difficulty swallowing
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast heartbeat
- hives, itching, rash
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- tightness in the chest
- troubled breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
- Chest pain
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- fever or chills
- loss of consciousness
- pounding in the ears
- slow heartbeat
Some side effects 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:
Incidence not known
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- back pain
- bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
- burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles" , or tingling feelings
- change or loss of taste
- joint or muscle pain
- muscle spasms
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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