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Venofer injection

Generic name: iron sucrose (injection) [eye-urn-soo-krose]

Brand name: venofer
drug class: iron products

What is Venofer?

The iron mineral venofer is a type of iron sucrose. The body needs iron for many different functions, including the transportation of oxygen.

The treatment of iron deficiency anemia is prevalent in patients with kidney disease.other forms of anemia that are not due to iron deficiency cannot be treated with venofer.use venofer for adults and children over 2 years of age.


Venofer should not be used if there has been an allergic reaction in the past to iron injections or you suffer from iron overload or is possible that iron sucrose will make your body less able to absorb oral medications containing iron. Inform your doctor that you take iron or any other oral iron medications.

Tell your doctor before you get venofer if there is low blood pressure or if you've had hepatitis. Also, let them know if, in the past, you received blood transfusions.

Before you take this drug

If you've ever experienced an allergic reaction after receiving an iron shot, this medication should be avoided.

Tell your doctor about any of the following to ensure that venofer is safe for you:

  • Hemochromatosis (iron overload) is the accumulation of excessive iron.

Inform your doctor that you plan to get pregnant. If you experience a serious reaction to iron sucrose during the second or third trimester, it can be harmful to an unborn child. Iron deficiency during pregnancy can cause serious complications, such as low birth weight or premature birth. It may be worth treating the condition while pregnant.tell your doctor about diarrhea and constipation if the baby is nursing.

Similar/related drugs

Ferrous sulphate, ferosul, the nfed, and  auryxia

How to take Venofer?

Infusions of venofer are given into veins. This injection will be given by a healthcare professional.the infusion may take as long as 2.5 hours.

Venofer can cause pain or discomfort around the needle.the doctor will monitor you for 30 minutes or more to ensure that there is no allergic reaction.your doctor will determine the length of treatment with venofer based on your medical history and tests.

What happens if i miss the dose?

If you are unable to attend your venofer appointment, call your doctor and ask for further instructions.

What happens if i overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

Avoid this

You may get dizzy if you stand up quickly from a seated or lying position.

Side effects of Venofer

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy to venofer, seek immediate medical attention: itching, feeling lightheaded, difficulty breathing, hives, or rash; feeling nauseous; experiencing lightheadedness; swelling in your lips, face, throat, or tongue.

If you:

  • Problems with the dialysis access vein;
  • Chest pain;
  • High blood pressure; severe headache; blurred vision; or a pounding sensation in the neck and ears
  • Low blood pressure: feeling light-headed, as if you could pass out.
  • Symptoms of stomach inflammation: pain, swelling, or nausea; bloating; vomiting; loss of appetite; and diarrhea.

Venofer can cause a variety of side effects.

  • Fever, flu, or cold symptoms (a sore throat; sneezing; stuffy nose);
  • High or low blood pressure;
  • Headache, dizziness;
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • Back pain, muscle, or joint
  • Pain or swelling on the arm or leg
  • Itching
  • There may be bruising and irritation at the injection site.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. Report side effects by calling the fda at 1-800-fda-1088.

Interaction with other drug

Venofer treatment can cause your body to have difficulty absorbing iron-based medications taken by mouth. You should tell your doctor that you take iron or iron-based medications such as oral iron supplements.

  • Ferrous fumarate
  • Ferrous gluconate;
  • Ferrous sulfate and others

The list below is not exhaustive. Iron sucrose may also interact with other drugs, such as vitamins and herbals. This list does not include all drug interactions.