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ferumoxytol (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving ferumoxytol (Feraheme)?

You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an injectable form of iron (including ferumoxytol), or if you have:

  • iron load syndrome; or
  • any type of anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency.

Before you receive ferumoxytol, tell your doctor if you are on dialysis.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether ferumoxytol will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether ferumoxytol passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using ferumoxytol.

How is ferumoxytol given (Feraheme)?

Ferumoxytol is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

You will be watched closely for at least 30 minutes after receiving ferumoxytol, to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction to the medication.

Ferumoxytol is usually given as a single injection followed by a second injection 3 to 8 days later.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with ferumoxytol. Visit your doctor regularly.

Ferumoxytol can cause unusual results with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests for up to 3 months after you receive this medication. Tell any doctor who treats you that you have received a ferumoxytol injection within the past 3 months.

Ferumoxytol will not affect other types of X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, or nuclear radiation imaging.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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