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Ferric Carboxymaltose

INFORMATION

Uses

Ferric Carboxymaltose is used in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia and anemia due to chronic kidney disease.

How it works

Ferric carboxymaltose belongs to the class of drugs called as an iron complexes. It works by increasing the level of iron in the body thereby helping to build more red blood cells.

Common side effects

Dizziness, Flushing, Injection site pain, Injection site irritation, Injection site bruise, Nausea

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Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you have any blood diseases like porphyria or thalassemia, liver problems, any medicinal allergies or have received multiple blood transfusions.
  • Your will be monitored for at least 30 minutes after receiving ferric carboxymaltose, as it may cause allergic reactions shortly after administration of the drug. Tell your doctor immediately if you feel any abnormal symptoms or discomfort.
  • You will be regularly monitored for blood iron levels and blood pressure while taking ferric carboxymaltose.
  • Inform your doctor if you are taking any iron products by mouth.
  • Do not consume alcohol when on treatment with ferric carboxymaltose, as it may worsen its side effects.
  • Do not drive or use any machinery after taking ferric carboxymaltose as it may cause dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to ferric carboxymaltose or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if suffering with other types of anemia (not because of low blood iron levels).
  • Do not take if suffering with high level of iron in the blood.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)