What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or healthcare professional regularly. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional 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).
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:
Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
chest pain or tightness in the chest
difficult or labored breathing
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
pounding in the ears
rapid weight gain
slow or fast heartbeat
tingling of the hands or feet
unusual tiredness or weakness
unusual weight gain or loss
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:
Change in taste
nausea or vomiting
pain in the arms or legs
pain or burning sensation in the injection site
Abdominal or stomach pain
ankle, knee, or great toe joint pain
body aches or pain
difficulty with moving
ear congestion or pain
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
increased hunger or thirst
lack or loss of strength
pain or redness at the injection site
pale skin at the injection site
unexplained weight loss
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.