Generic Name: ferric pyrophosphate (FER ik PYE roe FOS fate)
Brand Name: Triferic
What is Triferic?
Triferic is an iron replacement product. You normally get iron from the foods you eat. Iron helps your body produce red blood cells that carry oxygen through your blood to tissues and organs.
Triferic is used to treat iron deficiency in people with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis.
Triferic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any injected iron product.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Triferic if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any injected iron product.
To make sure Triferic is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether Triferic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
How is ferric pyrophosphate given?
Your doctor will perform blood tests to make sure you do not have conditions that would prevent you from safely using Triferic.
Triferic is added directly to the dialyzer fluid and given during hemodialysis.
A healthcare provider will give you this injection. Triferic is not for use with home hemodialysis.
You will be watched closely after receiving Triferic, to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction to the medication.
To be sure this medicine is helping your condition, you may need frequent blood tests.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Because you will receive Triferic with your hemodialysis, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while receiving Triferic?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Triferic side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; feeling light-headed; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
bleeding around your dialysis vein access point;
blue-colored skin, bulging purple-colored veins that you can see through your skin;
swelling in your arms, legs, or fingers;
unusual bleeding or bruising, coughing up blood;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
pain or burning when you urinate.
Common side effects may include:
swelling in your hands or feet;
weakness, tired feeling;
feeling short of breath; or
pain in your back, arms, or legs.
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 Triferic?
Other drugs may interact with ferric pyrophosphate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Triferic.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: March 06, 2018
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