Important Safety Information
Venofer® (iron sucrose) is a prescription infusion medication used to treat iron deficiency anemia (IDA). While the medication is effective in providing relief, it also increases the risk of hypersensitivity reactions — including life-threatening anaphylaxis. Stop treatment immediately if you experience chest tightness, breathing difficulties, dizziness, rapid or low heartbeat, skin rash, hives, and/or a swollen tongue, face, and/or lips.
Venofer® may also increase the risk of low blood pressure. Tell your doctor right away if you experience unusual thirst, blurred vision, cold, clammy, and/or pale skin, lack of concentration, lightheadedness, and/or nausea. It may also increase the risk of iron overload (hemosiderosis). Therefore, your doctor should monitor your iron levels throughout the duration of your treatment.
What is the most important information I should know about Venofer®?
Venofer® should not be used in patients who are younger than two years of age or those who have ever experienced an allergic reaction to an iron injection. Venofer® can also be passed to your baby through breast milk. Therefore, tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding so that you can discuss your options.
Some medications may have a harmful effect when combined with Venofer®. Tell your doctor about all drugs you’re currently taking — regardless of whether they’re prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Also, discuss with your medical provider your entire medical history, especially if you have a history of low blood pressure, hepatitis, or have received a blood transfusion.
Side Effects of Venofer®
As with any prescription medication, Venofer® carries the risk of side effects. The most common ones include:
In Adult Patients
- Low blood pressure
- Pain in your limbs
- Back pain
- Muscle cramps
- Joint pain
In Pediatric Patients
- Respiratory tract infections
- Low blood pressure
In rare cases, patients may experience more serious, life-threatening side effects — including cardiac failure, sepsis, dysgeusia, psychiatric disorders, anaphylaxis, bronchospasm, dyspnea, renal, and/or musculoskeletal disorders. Seek emergency medical care immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain or tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Blood-tinged phlegm
- Fluid retention
- Rapid weight gain
- Decrease in urination
- Dark urine
- Twitching muscles
- Stiffness of the entire body
- A burning sensation in your muscles
- Swelling in your legs, ankles, and/or feet
Tell your doctor if you experience any negative side effects. You are also encouraged to report such side effects to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch, or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
Venofer® is used to treat chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adult and pediatric patients with iron deficiency anemia (IDA). The dosage will vary depending on the patient’s age and the type of treatment they require for their specific needs. Dose administration should be cautious in geriatric patients.
Please refer to the full prescribing information.