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Ferric Carboxymaltose

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Antianemics

Ferric Carboxymaltose - What is it for

​Ferric Carboxymaltose is an injection that is used to treat anemia caused by low iron levels. Anemia occurs when levels of red blood cells in the body are lower than normal.

It supplies the body with iron in order to make red blood cells, which are used to transport oxygen around the body. This can help you to feel less tired or breathless, and improve your ability to exercise.

Your doctor will perform a blood test to check whether you need Ferric Carboxymaltose.

Ferric Carboxymaltose - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ferric Carboxymaltose cause?

  • ​This medication may cause changes in blood pressure and you may experience symptoms such as dizziness, headache or face flushing.
    • Check your blood pressure regularly.
    • Get up slowly from a sitting or lying position to minimise dizziness.
    • Inform your doctor if your headache does not go away.
    • Your doctor may prescribe medications to control your blood pressure if needed.
  • You may experience nausea after receiving this medication.
    • Eating small frequent meals or sucking hard sugar-free candy may help to relieve this.
  • You may experience mild muscle aches and joint pain.
    • Mild pain can be relieved by taking Paracetamol.
    • Inform your doctor if the pain is still there even after taking Paracetamol.
  • You may experience pain, bruising, redness, irritation or numbness around the injection site.
    • Do not rub the injection site.
    • Inform your doctor if the redness, pain or itch worsens.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should inform your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Ferric Carboxymaltose, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You are taking iron-containing preparations by mouth
  • You have a current infection
  • You have kidney or liver disease
  • You have low phosphate levels

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Ferric Carboxymaltose?

​Please inform your healthcare professional if you are taking other medications, including supplements, traditional or herbal remedies.

Ferric Carboxymaltose - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ferric Carboxymaltose be used?

​Ferric Carboxymaltose is usually given as an infusion into the vein (intravenous).

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Ferric Carboxymaltose - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Ferric Carboxymaltose safely?

How should I store Ferric Carboxymaltose?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Ferric Carboxymaltose safely?

Ferric Carboxymaltose - Additional Information

​Do I need regular monitoring when taking this medication?

  • Healthcare professionals will check your blood pressure, heart rate and for signs of allergic reactions at regular intervals during and after the infusion.
  • Your doctor may do a blood test to check your iron level at your next clinic visit. You may need an extra dose of Ferric Carboxymaltose if your iron level is still low.
  • Updated on Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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