What is Ferrlecit used for? Ferrlecit is used to treat
iron deficiency anemia in patients on chronic hemodialysis who are receiving treatment to
stimulate the production of red blood cells.
Who should not be
treated with Ferrlecit? You should not be given Ferrlecit if you have an
anemia that is not related to iron deficiency, or if you have iron overload.
Special Warnings with Ferrlecit:
- Immediate allergic reactions to intravenous iron carbohydrate complexes can cause
death. Preparation for appropriate resuscitation equipment is recommended.
- Ferrlecit can cause a severe drop in blood pressure together with
flushing, lightheadedness, weakness, fatigue, or severe pain in the chest, back or groin.
Do not exceed recommended dosage levels. These reactions usually end within one or two
General Precautions with Ferrlecit:
- Iron is not easily eliminated from the body, and its build up can be toxic.
Certain medical conditions may make you more likely to develop iron overload. Your doctor
will decide if Ferrlecit is right for you.
- Tell your health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant, are already
pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
- Ferrlecit contains benzyl alcohol and therefore should not be used in newborns.
What are some possible side effects of Ferrlecit? (This is NOT a
complete list of side effects reported with Ferrlecit. Your health care provider can
discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
- Hypersensitivity reactions (see "Special Warnings")
- Flushing and blood pressure drop (see "Special Warnings")
Other side effects may include:
- Injection site reaction
- Abdominal pain
- Feeling tired
- Burning or prickling sensation
- Shortness of breath
For more detailed information about Ferrlecit, ask your health care provider.