Ferrlecit

Ferrlecit Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Ferrlecit, Nulecit

Generic Name: sodium ferric gluconate complex (Pronunciation: SOE dee um FER ik GLU koe nate KOM plex)

What is sodium ferric gluconate complex (Ferrlecit)?

Sodium ferric gluconate is a type of iron. You normally get iron from the foods you eat. In your body, iron becomes a part of your hemoglobin (HEEM o glo bin) and myoglobin (MY o glo bin). Hemoglobin carries oxygen through your blood to tissues and organs. Myoglobin helps your muscle cells store oxygen.

Sodium ferric gluconate complex is used to treat iron deficiency anemia (a lack of red blood cells caused by having too little iron in the body) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. Sodium ferric gluconate complex is for people with kidney disease who are on dialysis.

Sodium ferric gluconate complex may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of sodium ferric gluconate complex (Ferrlecit)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, sweating, vomiting; severe lower back pain; wheezing, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • chest pain, trouble breathing;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • fast or uneven heart rate; or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • pain, leg cramps;
  • dizziness, general ill feeling;
  • mild headache;
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; or
  • pain, redness, swelling, or irritation around the IV needle.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Ferrlecit (sodium ferric gluconate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about sodium ferric gluconate complex (Ferrlecit)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sodium ferric gluconate complex or benzyl alcohol.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have iron overload syndrome, or if you receive regular blood transfusions.

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially iron supplements you take by mouth.

Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.

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