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Injectafer is a form of iron

What is Injectafer?

Iron is a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells. Injectafer is a dextran-free iron replacement product made of iron inside a carbohydrate shell that is administered directly into the vein. It was designed specifically 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.

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 all carry the risk of side effects, Injectafer is a dextran-free IV iron treatment option. Click here to learn more about the potential side effects of Injectafer.

With Injectafer there is no daily pill routine

Injectafer is designed to give you more iron in less time with 100% of the iron entering the bloodstream. Injectafer gives you up to 1500 mg of iron in just 2 administrations, up to 750 mg each, separated by at least 7 days.

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If you weigh less than 110 pounds, you may be given a smaller amount of Injectafer. Your doctor will decide on the most appropriate way to give you your treatment:

  • By injection, directly into a vein
  • By infusion, diluted in normal saline and given directly into a vein

Each Injectafer infusion takes about 15 minutes. After your infusion, your healthcare provider will monitor you for signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction—usually for 30 minutes. Click here to learn more about what to expect at an infusion center.

With Injectafer, there is no daily oral iron routine.

Your doctor prescribed Injectafer, an intravenous (IV) iron, because iron pills were not suitable for treating your iron deficiency anemia (IDA). There are 2 reasons this may be:

  • Oral iron treatments haven’t worked for you—there are various reasons this could be. One reason could be that your digestive system is having trouble absorbing it
  • You were unable to tolerate the side effects related to oral iron treatment

Injectafer is also used to treat IDA in adults with chronic kidney disease who are not receiving dialysis.

Injectafer is not indicated to treat the symptoms of IDA.

Injectafer has worldwide experience

Injectafer is used all over the world.

  • Injectafer has been studied in more than 40 clinical trials with over 8300 patients treated worldwide
  • Injectafer is approved in over 70 countries since initial EU approval in 2007
  • Injectafer is the fastest-growing IV iron in the US*

*Symphony Health Solutions PHAST Non-Retail monthly MAT (mg volume) June 2017.

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 iron deficiency anemia (IDA) or Injectafer, talk to your doctor. Only your doctor can decide if Injectafer is right for you.

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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@luitpold.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, including the bolded WARNING regarding hypersensitivity.