Ferinject® is used to increase the amount of iron in your body. Increasing the iron in your body is intended to reverse anaemia or prevent you from becoming anaemic. Your doctor has prescribed Ferinject® as he/she believes it to be an appropriate treatment for you.
Ferinject® contains iron in the form of tiny particles of iron with a sugar coating. This means that the iron is released steadily and is able to be taken up by the appropriate storage sites and to be used by the tissue in your body. Iron is required by the red blood cells to provide oxygen to the body and also has other important roles to play in keeping the body healthy.
Your doctor will want to talk to you before you start treatment as not all medicines are suitable for all people. Before you are given Ferinject®, your doctor may ask you about the following:
- Your full medical history.
- Whether you are taking any other medicines, including those that don’t need a prescription.
- If you are pregnant or if you are planning to become pregnant.
You will be treated with Ferinject® by your doctor or nurse in two possible ways:
- By injection, directly into a vein in your arm.
- By infusion, diluted and given directly into a vein in your arm through a drip. Your doctor or nurse will decide on the most appropriate way to give you your treatment.
- Your treatment time will be approximately 15 minutes. You maybe required to wait up to 30 minutes after your treatment.
As with all medicines, Ferinject® can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. The most common side effect you might experience from treatment with Ferinject® is a headache.
There is a low risk with all iron treatments given directly into your vein that you could experience a reaction known as an anaphylactoid reaction. This can cause symptoms such as swelling of the face, mouth and tongue as well as potentially causing difficulty breathing.
Your doctor will discuss possible side effects with you and will also monitor how you are while your treatment is being given.
Please tell your doctor if you feel unwell or think you may be experiencing any side effects whilst you are being treated with Ferinject®.
- Usually you can go straight home after Ferinject® treatment has finished.
- Your doctor will request a blood test at about 4 weeks after treatment.
- You may require a repeat treatment based on your body’s iron needs.