USES: Iron, an essential mineral, is the major transporter of oxygen in the body. This medication is used to treat anemia or "iron-poor" blood in persons unable to take oral iron medication.
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Iron, an essential mineral, is the major transporter of oxygen in the body. This medication is used to treat anemia or "iron-poor" blood in persons unable to take oral iron medication.
- Periodic blood tests will be done to check your response to this medication.
- It is important to maintain a well balanced diet to ensure adequate intake of iron, vitamins and minerals.
- Good sources of iron include meats especially liver, eggs, raisins, figs, broccoli, brussels sprouts, beans, lentils and iron fortified or enriched cereals.
- Follow any diet recommendations.
- Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light as directed.
- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is given by injection usually once a day.
- Prior to the first full dose, a smaller test dose is given to check for possible allergic effects.
- If no reaction is observed after at least one hour, the full days dose may be given.
- The dose and duration of therapy is calculated based on your weight and condition.
- Flushing, headache, tingling of the hands or feet, nausea, shivering or dizziness may occur.
- The area around the injection site may be tender, irritated or discolored (brown).
- If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
- Allergic reactions have been reported.
- Notify your doctor if you develop breathing trouble, itching, skin rash, muscle aches or a fever while taking this medication.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor if you have any blood disorders, liver disease, asthma, arthritis or any allergies.
- This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose.
- Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including any vitamin products.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.