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Venofer Side Effects

Generic name: iron sucrose

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 21, 2023.

Note: This document contains side effect information about iron sucrose. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Venofer.

Applies to iron sucrose: intravenous solution.

Serious side effects of Venofer

Along with its needed effects, iron sucrose (the active ingredient contained in Venofer) 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 iron sucrose:

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Incidence not known

Other side effects of Venofer

Some side effects of iron sucrose 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:

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For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to iron sucrose: intravenous solution.


Symptoms associated with total dosage or infusing too rapidly include hypotension, dyspnea, headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, joint aches, paresthesia, abdominal and muscle pain, edema, and cardiovascular collapse; these symptoms have occurred up to 30 minutes after administration.


Very common (10% or more): Hypotension (39.4%)

Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension, arteriovenous fistula thrombosis

Postmarketing reports: Collapse, bradycardia, shock[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Muscle cramp (29.4%)

Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, back pain, myalgia, pain in extremity

Postmarketing reports: Swelling of the joints[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Nausea (14.7%)

Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysgeusia[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (12.6%)

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness

Frequency not reported: Paresthesia

Postmarketing reports: Convulsions, light-headedness, loss of consciousness[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Cough, dyspnea, nasal congestion

Postmarketing reports: Bronchospasm[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Infusion site pain or burning, extravasation

Frequency not reported: Injection site discoloration (after extravasation)[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, angioedema

Postmarketing reports: Hyperhidrosis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Conjunctivitis, infections (nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infections, pharyngitis), respiratory tract viral infection, peritonitis


Common (1% to 10%): Ear pain, asthenia, chest pain, feeling abnormal, peripheral edema, pyrexia, graft complication

Frequency not reported: Edema[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Fluid overload, gout, hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Anaphylactic-type reactions[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Chromaturia[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Confusion


1. Product Information. Venofer (iron sucrose). American Regent Laboratories Inc. 2001;PROD.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.