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Feraheme is a medicine used to treat iron deficiency anemia (low red blood cell levels) in people with chronic (long-term) kidney disease. Feraheme is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).
How does this medication work?
Feraheme works by restoring iron, thereby allowing your body to make more red blood cells.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Feraheme has been shown to significantly increase red blood cell levels.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may order tests regularly to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Feraheme can cause serious and life-threatening allergic reactions. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop the following symptoms: rash, itching, dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling of your tongue or throat, or breathing problems. Your healthcare provider will monitor you while you are receiving Feraheme.
More common side effects may include: diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, constipation, swelling in your legs and feet.
Less common side effects may include:
Feraheme may cause low blood pressure.
Your healthcare provider will not administer Feraheme to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Feraheme. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have low blood pressure, are scheduled for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your condition.
Your healthcare provider will administer Feraheme to you.
Do not miss any follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
No significant interactions have been reported with Feraheme at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Feraheme during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are receiving Feraheme. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Feraheme should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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