Iron sucrose injection is used treat iron-deficiency anemia (a lower than normal number of red blood cells due to too little iron) in people with chronic kidney disease (damage to the kidneys which may worsen over time and may cause the kidneys to stop working). Iron sucrose injection is in a class of medications called iron replacement products. It works by replenishing iron stores so that the body can make more red blood cells.
Iron sucrose injection comes as a solution (liquid) to inject intravenously (into a vein) by a doctor or nurse in a medical office or hospital outpatient clinic. It is usually injected over 2 to 5 minutes or may be mixed with another fluid and infused slowly over 15 minutes to 4 hours depending on your dose of medication. Your doctor will determine how often you receive iron sucrose injection and your total number of doses based on your condition and how well you respond to the medication. If your iron levels become low after you finish your treatment, your doctor may prescribe this medication again.
Iron sucrose injection may cause severe or life-threatening reactions while you receive the medication. Your doctor will watch you carefully while you receive each dose of iron sucrose injection and for at least 30 minutes afterwards. Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms during or after your injection: shortness of breath; difficulty swallowing or breathing; hoarseness; swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, or eyes; hives; itching; rash; fainting; lightheadedness; dizziness; cold, clammy skin; rapid, weak pulse; slow heartbeat; headache; nausea; vomiting; joint or muscle pain; stomach pain; pain, burning, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet; swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs; loss of consciousness; or seizures. If you experience a severe reaction, your doctor will slow or stop your infusion immediately and provide emergency medical treatment.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before receiving iron sucrose injection,
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
If you miss an appointment to receive iron sucrose injection, call your doctor as soon as possible.
Iron sucrose injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience the following symptom or those listed in the HOW section, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( Web Site) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at Web Site. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will check your blood pressure and order certain lab tests to check your body's response to iron sucrose injection.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.