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Ferric Carboxymaltose

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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 - 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 PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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