Feraheme

Generic Name: Ferumoxytol (FER-ue-MOX-i-tol)Brand Name: Feraheme

Feraheme is used for:

Treating anemia caused by low levels of iron in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Feraheme is an iron replacement product. It works by replacing iron in the body.

Do NOT use Feraheme if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Feraheme
  • you have high blood iron levels
  • you have anemia that is not caused by low levels of iron

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Feraheme :

Some medical conditions may interact with Feraheme . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including any iron preparations)
  • if you have low blood pressure
  • if you are on dialysis
  • if you are taking an iron supplement by mouth
  • if you will be having an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Feraheme . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines.

Ask your health care provider if Feraheme may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Feraheme :

Use Feraheme as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Feraheme is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • Do not use Feraheme if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • If you miss a dose of Feraheme , contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Feraheme .

Important safety information:

  • Feraheme may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Feraheme with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Severe allergic reactions have occurred in patients using Feraheme . You will be observed for signs of an allergic reaction for at least 30 minutes after you receive Feraheme . Contact your doctor right away if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; trouble breathing; wheezing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
  • Feraheme may interfere with certain lab tests, including MRIs and tests for iron in the blood. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Feraheme .
  • Lab tests, including blood iron levels and blood pressure, may be performed while you use Feraheme . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Feraheme before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Feraheme should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Feraheme while you are pregnant. It is not known if Feraheme is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Feraheme .

Possible side effects of Feraheme :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or persistent dizziness; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch .

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Feraheme :

Feraheme is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Feraheme at home, store Feraheme as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Feraheme out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Feraheme , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Feraheme is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Feraheme . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Feraheme Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Feraheme Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Feraheme Consumer Overview
  • Ferumoxytol Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)