Ferric Carboxymaltose

Ferric Carboxymaltose Overview

Reviewed: September 11, 2013
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Ferric carboxymaltose is a prescription medication used to treat iron deficiency anemia in adult patients. Ferric carboxymaltose belongs to a group of drugs called alkylating agents. These work by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells in your body.

This medication is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects of ferric carboxymaltose include nausea, flushing, high blood pressure, and dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how ferric carboxymaltose affects you.

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Uses of Ferric Carboxymaltose

Ferric carboxymaltose is a prescription medication used to treat iron deficiency anemia in adult patients who:

  • cannot take oral (by mouth) iron or have had unsatisfactory response to oral iron
  • have chronic kidney disease that does not require dialysis

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Side Effects of Ferric Carboxymaltose

Common side effects of ferric carboxymaltose include the following:

  • nausea
  • high blood pressure
  • flushing
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • discoloration of skin at site of injection

This is not a complete list of ferric carboxymaltose side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.