iron sucrose (generic name)
Venofer (brand name)
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What is this medicine?IRON SUCROSE (AHY ern SOO krohs) is an iron complex. Iron is used to make healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. This medicine is used to treat iron deficiency anemia in people with chronic kidney disease.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- anemia not caused by low iron levels
- heart disease
- high levels of iron in the blood
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to iron, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- other iron products
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Visit your doctor or healthcare professional regularly. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
You may need to follow a special diet. Talk to your doctor. Foods that contain iron include: whole grains/cereals, dried fruits, beans, or peas, leafy green vegetables, and organ meats (liver, kidney).
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- changes in blood pressure
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- fever or chills
- flushing, sweating, or hot feelings
- joint or muscle aches/pains
- swelling of the ankles or feet
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- feeling achy
- irritation at site where injected
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach upset
Where should I keep my medicine?This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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.