sodium ferric gluconate complex - injection, Ferrlecit
GENERIC NAME: SODIUM FERRIC GLUCONATE COMPLEX - INJECTION (SOE-dee-um FERR-ic GLU-kon-ate complex)
BRAND NAME(S): Ferrlecit
USES: This medication is used to treat or prevent low blood levels of iron in hemodialysis patients who are also receiving medication to increase red blood cells (erythropoietin). Iron is a very important mineral used in red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.
HOW TO USE: Before the prescribed dose is given, a smaller test dose of this drug may be given to check for possible side effects or allergic reactions. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.This medication is given by injection slowly into a vein or into your dialysis line. Follow the manufacturer's directions for injection since giving this medication too quickly may increase the risk of side effects (e.g., low blood pressure). The dosage and length of treatment is based on your age, medical condition, and response to therapy. Consult your pharmacist for directions on how to mix the solution.Before using this medication, check it visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.
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