Treating iron deficiency anemia in dialysis CKD
Venofer (iron sucrose injection, USP) is an intravenous iron used to treat iron deficiency anemia in dialysis patients
with chronic kidney disease1
Your doctor may recommend Venofer during your dialysis sessions to help restore iron levels in your body that are lost during dialysis.
How Venofer may help
Venofer may help your body make healthy red blood cells (RBCs) by supplying iron,
a necessity for RBC production.
Your doctor may discuss with you several lab levels that Venofer may correct.
These levels may indicate if you have an adequate supply of healthy RBCs.
- Hemoglobin (Hb): the protein that carries oxygen
- Transferrin saturation (TSAT): amount of iron available to make RBCs
- Ferritin: amount of iron your body has stored
Venofer is given in different amounts during dialysis sessions depending on the type of dialysis you are receiving.
Venofer is given by injection into the vein as directed by your doctor. If you are receiving hemodialysis (HD), it is usually given slowly over 2 to 5 minutes or as directed by your doctor.
If you are receiving either HD or peritoneal dialysis (PD), Venofer can also be mixed in a saline solution and given through
an intravenous over a longer time.
Your dosage and length of Venofer treatment are based on the type of dialysis you are receiving. Your doctor will do laboratory tests to monitor your response.
Venofer treatment may be repeated if necessary.
The most common side effects of Venofer observed in clinical trials are:
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Taste disturbance
- Swelling in arms and legs
- High blood pressure
Tell your doctor if you experience any of these or any other symptoms.
Serious hypersensitivity reactions (serious allergic reactions) have been reported in patients taking Venofer, including serious and life threatening reactions (shock, loss of consciousness, collapse, convulsion, severe difficulty in breathing). Hypotension (low blood pressure) has been reported in patients receiving Venofer who are on dialysis. Hypotension (low blood pressure) following administration of Venofer may be related to how fast and how much of the drug is given. See IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION below and full Prescribing Information for more information.
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