What this product is and what it is used for
FEROMAX is a medicine that contains iron.
Medicines that contain iron are used when you do not have enough iron in your body. This is called “iron deficiency”.
FEROMAX is given when:
• You cannot take iron by mouth - such as when iron tablets make you feel ill.
You have taken iron by mouth - and it has not worked
How to use this product.
Your doctor will decide how much FEROMAX to give you. He or she will also decide how often you need it and for how long. Your doctor will do a blood test to help work out the dose.
Your doctor or nurse will administer FEROMAX in one of the following ways:
• Slow injection into your vein – 1 to 3 times per week.
• As an infusion (drip) into your vein – 1 to 3 times per week.
• During dialysis – it will be put into the venous line of the dialysis machine.
FEROMAX will be administered in a structure where immunoallergic events can receive appropriate and prompt treatment.
You will be observed for at least 30 minutes by your doctor or nurse after each administration.
FEROMAX is a brown liquid and so the injection or infusion will look brown.
Use in children
FEROMAX is not recommended for use in children.
Possible side effects:
Changes in your taste such as a metallic taste.
• Low blood pressure or high blood pressure.
• Feeling sick (nausea).
• Reactions around the site of injection
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or nurse before receiving FEROMAX if:
• You have a history of medicine allergy.
• You have systemic lupus erythematosus.
• You have rheumatoid arthritis.
• You have severe asthma, eczema or other allergies.
• You have any infections.
• You have liver problems.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you are given FEROMAX.
How to store this product
- Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
- Do not use FEROMAX after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the ampoule label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
- Store below 30°C. Do not freeze. Keep the ampoules in the outer carton.
- Once the FEROMAX ampoules have been opened, they should be used immediately. After dilution with sodium chloride solution, the diluted solution should be used immediately.
- FEROMAX will normally be stored for you by your doctor or the hospital.
- Do not use FEROMAX if you notice any visible sign of deterioration.
- Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.