What is this medicine?
SODIUM FERRIC GLUCONATE COMPLEX (SOE dee um FER ik GLOO koe nate KOM pleks) is an iron replacement. It is used with epoetin therapy to treat low iron levels in patients who are receiving hemodialysis.
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. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
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
changes in hearing
changes in vision
chills, flushing, or sweating
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever, flu-like symptoms
high or low blood pressure
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
severe pain in the chest, back, flanks, or groin
swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
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):
dark colored stools
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 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.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
anemia that is not from iron deficiency
high levels of iron in the body
an unusual or allergic reaction to iron, benzyl alcohol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or are trying to become pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
Visit your doctor for check-ups as directed.