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Ferric Carboxymaltose

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FERRIC CARBOXYMALTOSE (ferr-ik car-box-ee-mol-toes) is an iron complex. Iron is used to make healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. This medicine is used to treat anemia in people with chronic kidney disease or people who cannot take iron by mouth. Compare iron supplements.
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Ferric Carboxymaltose Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional regularly. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

You may need to follow a special diet. Talk to your doctor. Foods that contain iron include: whole grains/cereals, dried fruits, beans, or peas, leafy green vegetables, and organ meats (liver, kidney).

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

Blurred vision

confusion

dizziness

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

feeling of warmth

headache

nervousness

pounding in the ears

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

slow or fast heartbeat

sweating

unusual tiredness or weakness

Incidence not known

Chest discomfort

chills

cough

difficult or labored breathing

difficulty swallowing

fainting

fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse

fever

hives

itching

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

skin rash

tightness in the chest

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Nausea

Less common

Change in taste

discoloration at the injection site

loss of taste

vomiting

Rare

Abdominal or stomach pain

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

diarrhea

difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)

pain or irritation at the injection site

sneezing

Incidence not known

Back pain

difficulty with moving

hives or welts

muscle pain or stiffness

pain in the joints

redness of the skin

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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