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IDA is the most common type of anemia

IDA is the most common type of anemia

Iron helps produce hemoglobin,
a part of red blood cells,
which is a molecule that carries
oxygen in your blood.


Without enough iron,
your body starts using
the iron it has stored.
Soon, the stored iron
gets used up.


Without iron, your
body cannot produce
the number of normal red
blood cells needed to keep
you in good health.


This is why your bloodwork is important for diagnosing and managing IDA.
Learn more about understanding lab results.

IDA is the most common type of anemia


This is why your bloodwork is important for diagnosing and managing IDA.
Learn more about understanding lab results.

Common causes of IDA_NEW

Common causes of IDA

IDA can result from many different diseases or conditions, where your body is unable to circulate or store a healthy amount of iron. Because of this, your doctor will evaluate your bloodwork among other things to diagnose IDA and to check your treatment plan along the way. Below are some of those causes. Click on each to learn more:

Gastrointestinal Conditions

Even if you have enough iron in your diet, your body may not be able to absorb it. This can happen if you have intestinal surgery (such as gastric bypass) or a disease of the intestine (such as Crohn's disease or celiac disease).

Carrie, 32, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Currently taking 300 mg of ferrous sulfate tablets 4 times a day. Working with her doctor on a treatment plan as she's experiencing inflammation from IBD and poor intestinal absorption of oral iron.

Not an actual patient. For description purposes only. Individual symptoms and results may vary.

Chronic Kidney Disease

IDA is a prevalent complication of chronic kidney disease (CKD), particularly in dialysis* patients, which can be due to impaired intestinal absorption of dietary iron, chronic blood loss, chronic inflammation, and/or increased iron requirements during the administration of certain therapies.

*Please note: Injectafer should only be used when oral iron treatments haven't worked or if you have found that you are unable to tolerate the side effects related to oral iron treatment. It is also used to treat iron deficiency anemia in adults with chronic kidney disease who are not receiving dialysis.

Tom, 45, Early-stage CKD

Experiencing chronic blood loss and inflammation due to therapy.

No IDA symptoms.

Not an actual patient. For description purposes only. Individual symptoms and results may vary.

Women's Health Conditions

In women, long or abnormal periods or bleeding fibroids in the uterus may cause low iron levels. Blood loss that occurs during childbirth is another cause of low iron levels in women.

Jessica, 28, New Mom

Experienced heavy periods as a teenager. Currently breastfeeding.

IDA symptoms: Tiredness, headaches.

Main side effect from oral iron treatment: Stomach pain.

Not an actual patient. For description purposes only. Individual symptoms and results may vary.

Heart Failure

People with chronic heart failure can suffer from gastrointestinal bleeding and the inability to absorb enough iron which can lead to IDA.

Henry, 63, Chronic Heart Failure

Experienced gastrointestinal bleeding in relation to his heart failure.

No IDA symptoms.

Not an actual patient. For description purposes only. Individual symptoms and results may vary.


Cancer-related anemia can develop due to many reasons, including chemotherapy, chronic blood loss, lack of a certain hormone in people with kidney disease, and marrow involvement with tumor, among others.

Helen, 47, Breast Cancer

Experiencing symptoms due to chemotherapy, including weakness and tiredness, which could be overlapping symptoms of IDA.

Not an actual patient. For description purposes only. Individual symptoms and results may vary.

Some common symptoms

Some symptoms of IDA

Signs and symptoms of IDA can be similar to those of other conditions.
And you may or may not experience symptoms with IDA. If you are experiencing
any of these symptoms, it's important to discuss them with your doctor.


Injectafer® (ferric carboxymaltose injection) is not indicated to treat the symptoms of IDA.

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Do certain foods or diet help with IDA

Do certain foods or diets help with IDA?

These are two different types of iron people consume:

Meat sources

Meat, poultry, fish


Beans, dried fruit, dark green,
leafy vegetables, rice, wheat, oats

There are different times in life where your body could need more iron,
and it may be hard to get enough iron in your diet.

Each individual person absorbs iron differently, so talk to your
doctor about making changes to your diet to see what may work best for you.

IDA Statistics-static

1/4 of the world's
affected by anemia,
with iron deficiency
being the
main cause.

Iron deficiency
anemia can affect
both men and
, with women
being more
commonly affected.

IDA is often
underdiagnosed and
, as
some people may
not have any
symptoms at first.

The information on this website should not take the place of talking with your doctor or healthcare professional.

If you have any questions about your condition, or if you want more information about IDA or Injectafer,

talk to your doctor. Only your doctor can decide if Injectafer is right for you.

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Learn more about lab results and potential IDA treatment options

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Important Safety Information

Injectafer® (ferric carboxymaltose injection) is available by prescription only. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider if Injectafer is right for you.

What is Injectafer?

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 is not known if Injectafer is safe and effective for use in children.


Who should not receive Injectafer?

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.

What are the possible side effects of Injectafer?

Injectafer can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Serious allergic reactions that may be life-threatening, including shock, low blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and death. Your doctor or healthcare provider will monitor you for signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction during and after each dose of Injectafer for at least 30 minutes. Other serious allergic reactions include itching, rash, hives, wheezing, or low blood pressure. You should report any signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to Injectafer, in particular rashes, shortness of breath and wheezing to your doctor or healthcare provider.
  • High blood pressure, sometimes with facial flushing, dizziness, or nausea, has been seen during treatment with Injectafer. This increase in blood pressure typically resolves within 30 minutes. Your doctor or healthcare provider will monitor you for signs and symptoms of an increase in blood pressure following each use of Injectafer.

Other serious side effects that have been reported include rash, difficulty breathing, itching, rapid heartbeat, fever, chest discomfort, chills, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, back pain, muscle aches, and fainting.

The most common side effects of Injectafer include:

  • Nausea, high blood pressure, flushing, low levels of phosphorous in your blood, dizziness, vomiting, headache, an increase in certain liver enzymes, and pain or bruising at the injection site. Potentially long-lasting brown staining of skin near the injection site may occur if Injectafer leaks out of the vein.

Excessive amounts of Injectafer may lead to a condition called iron overload, which is a buildup of iron and may be harmful.

These are not all of the possible side effects of Injectafer.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

General information about Injectafer

Injectafer may impact laboratory tests that measure iron in your blood for 24 hours after receiving Injectafer. Let your healthcare provider and laboratory staff know if you have received Injectafer within 24 hours of having blood tests.

To report side effects, contact American Regent at 1-800-734-9236 or E-mail: pv@americanregent.com or Fax: 1-610-650-0170.

You may also report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

The risk information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more about Injectafer, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. The FDA-approved product labeling can be found at http://www.injectafer.com/pdf/pi.pdf or call 1-800-645-1706.

Please see Full Prescribing Information for Injectafer.