Injectafer is a prescription iron replacement medicine administered only by or under the supervision of your healthcare provider. Injectafer is injected into your vein to treat iron deficiency anemia in adults. Injectafer should be used only if you have not responded well to treatment with oral iron, or if you are intolerant to oral iron treatment. It is also used to treat iron deficiency anemia in adults with chronic kidney disease who are not receiving dialysis.
It was designed to gradually release iron once inside the body, which may decrease the potential for some side effects and conveniently give you more iron in just 2 administrations.
It is not known if Injectafer is safe and effective for use in children.
What does dextran-free mean?
Dextran is a molecule that can be used in intravenous (IV) iron therapies. Dextran has been associated with allergic reactions and side effects. Although all IV irons carry the risk of side effects, Injectafer is a dextran-free IV iron treatment option.
You should not receive Injectafer if you are allergic to ferric carboxymaltose or any of the other ingredients in Injectafer. The active ingredient in Injectafer is ferric carboxymaltose, the inactive ingredients are: water for injection, sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid.
What should I tell my doctor or healthcare provider before receiving Injectafer?
Before you receive Injectafer, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
Have had an allergic reaction to iron given intravenously (into your vein), including Injectafer, or to other non-oral iron treatments
If you have, or have previously experienced, iron overload, or if your body has difficulty using iron appropriately
Have high blood pressure
Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Injectafer will harm your unborn baby. Your healthcare provider will decide if it is safe for you to take Injectafer
Are breastfeeding or plan to breast feed. Injectafer passes into your breast milk. It is unknown whether Injectafer would pose a risk to your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during treatment with Injectafer.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.