Injectafer

Drug List

Injectafer

Drug Name

Injectafer (Ferric carboxymaltose)

Manufactured By

American Regent, Inc.

Drug Savings

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Nationwide Prescription Connection (NPC) is an experienced advocacy service that helps connect patients to manufacturer provided free and discount programs. We can help the uninsured, under insured, those in the Medicare gap also known as the "doughnut hole", or even those needing help with expensive co-pays.  Our web site makes it easy for you to enter the medications you are taking, along with some basic patient information, and then finds the program that is right for you.

Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is used to treat "iron-poor" blood (iron deficiency anemia). Low iron levels can occur due to many conditions, including when your body cannot get enough iron from food (because of poor nutrition or poor absorption) or when there is long-term blood loss. Ferric carboxymaltose is a form of injectable iron that is used if you cannot take iron by mouth because of side effects or an unsuccessful response to treatment. It is also used by people who have anemia due to long-term kidney disease. Iron is an important mineral that your body needs to make enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection into a vein, usually by a health care professional, as directed by your doctor. It is usually given as 2 doses, at least 7 days apart. It is usually given slowly over several minutes. It can also be mixed in a saline solution and given by infusion into a vein over at least 15 minutes. An increase in your blood pressure, sometimes along with dizziness, nausea, or flushing of the face, may rarely occur right after a dose of this medication, but these effects usually go away within 30 minutes. Tell your doctor right away if your blood pressure remains high or if these symptoms persist or worsen. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: bone pain/problems. A rare but very serious, possibly fatal, allergic reaction may occur with this medication. You should be monitored during the dose and for at least 30 minutes afterwards. Get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, loss of consciousness. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects

Flushing, nausea, dizziness, or pain/irritation/bruising at the injection site may occur. Brown staining of the skin around the injection site may also occur and can be long lasting. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. An increase in your blood pressure, sometimes along with dizziness, nausea, or flushing of the face, may rarely occur right after a dose of this medication, but these effects usually go away within 30 minutes. Tell your doctor right away if your blood pressure remains high or if these symptoms persist or worsen. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: bone pain/problems. A rare but very serious, possibly fatal, allergic reaction may occur with this medication. You should be monitored during the dose and for at least 30 minutes afterwards. Get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, loss of consciousness. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug include: dimercaprol, other iron-containing products.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Consult the product instructions and your pharmacist for storage details. Keep all medications away from children and pets.