iron sucrose (injection) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I receive iron sucrose injection (Venofer)?
You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an iron injection, or if you have iron overload (the buildup of excess iron) or hemochromatosis.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use iron sucrose injection:
FDA pregnancy category B. Iron sucrose injection is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether iron sucrose injection passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use iron sucrose injection (Venofer)?
Iron sucrose injection is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein or directly into a dialysis line. You will receive this injection in a clinic, hospital, or dialysis setting.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with iron sucrose injection. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
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