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Iron Sucrose



Iron sucrose is used to treat iron deficiency anemia (lower number of red blood cells due to very little iron) in patients with chronic kidney diseases.

How it works

Iron sucrose belongs to a class of medications called iron replacement products. It works by restoring iron stores in the body thereby helping make more red blood cells.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Cough, Dizziness, Bitter taste, Edema, Fever, Flushing, Headache, Decreased blood pressure, Muscle pain


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Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you have ever received multiple blood transfusions or if you have any stomach or bowel problems or any blood diseases.
  • You will be regularly monitored for iron levels while on iron sucrose treatment.
  • Inform your doctor if you are taking any iron products by mouth.
  • Do not drive or use any machinery after taking iron sucrose as it may cause dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if suffering with with high iron level in the blood.
  • Do not take if suffering with other types of anemia (not because of low blood iron levels).
  • Do not take if allergic to iron sucrose or any of its ingredients.

Content on this page was last updated on 04 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)