Ferrlecit

Drug List

Ferrlecit

Drug Name

Ferrlecit (Sodium ferric gluconate)

Manufactured By

Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Ferrlecit is an iron replacement product for treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adult patients and in pediatric patients age 6 years and older with chronic kidney disease receiving hemodialysis who are receiving supplemental epoetin therapy.

How To Use

Adult Patients - The recommended adult dosage is 10mL (125 mg of elemental iron) diluted in 100 mL of 0.9% sodium chloride administered by intravenous infusion over 1 hour per dialysis session or undiluted as a slow intravenous injection (at a rate of up to 12.5 mg/min) per dialysis session. Pediatric Patients - The recommended pediatric dosage is 0.12 mL/kg (1.5 mg/kg of elemental iron) diluted in 25 mL 0.9% sodium chloride and administered by intravenous infusion over 1 hour per dialysis session. Do not mix Ferrlecit with other medications or add to parenteral nutrition solutions for intravenous infusion. Administer in 0.9% saline

Side Effects

The most commonly reported adverse reactions (≥10%) in adult patients were nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, injection site reaction, hypotension, cramps, hypertension, dizziness, dyspnea, chest pain, leg cramps and pain. In patients 6 to 15 years of age the most common adverse reactions (≥10%) were hypotension, headache, hypertension, tachycardia and vomiting.

Drug Interactions

Drug-drug interactions involving Ferrlecit have not been studied. Ferrlecit may reduce the absorption of concomitantly administered oral iron preparations. No data is available regarding overdose of Ferrlecit in humans. Excessive dosages of Ferrlecit may lead to accumulation of iron in storage sites potentially leading to hemosiderosis. Do not administer Ferrlecit to patients with iron overload

In Case of Overdose

The Ferrlecit iron complex is not dialyzable.

In Case of Missed Dose

Storage

Store at 20 – 25°C (68 – 77°F); excursions permitted to 15 – 30°C (59 – 86°F). See USP Controlled Room Temperature. Do not freeze.