This medication is an essential mineral, prescribed for anemia or iron deficiency, megaloblastic anemia as an astringent. It helps in oxygen transportation in the body.
Contraindicated in patients with severe allergic reactions.
Dose is calculated depending upon patient’s hemoglobin level and body weight.
It comes as a solution for IV or IM injection, is usually administered by a health care provider.
• It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication will affect you.
• Monitor hemoglobin, hematocrit ( packed cell volume), blood iron levels, total iron binding capacity (TIBC) levels, or percent saturation of transferrin levels, blood bilirubin and blood calcium level regularly while using this medication.
• Caution needed for pregnant women and children less than 4 yrs.
Abnormal heart rhythm, slow heart rate, chest pain, chest tightness, high blood pressure, in some people low blood pressure, shivering, shock and fainting.
• Central Nervous System: Convulsions, disorientation, dizziness, headache, uneasiness, numbness, tingling, unconsciousness, unresponsiveness and weakness.
• Skin: Brown skin and/or underlying tissue discoloration (staining), bluish, flushing, itching, unusual bleeding, rash, sweating and hives.
• Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, altered taste, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
• Genitourinary: Blood in urine.
• Blood- Lymphatic: Increase in white blood cells and swollen lymph nodes.
• Local: Atrophy/fibrosis at injection site, inflammation, inflammation of vein, pain/soreness at or near IM injection site, sterile abscess and swelling.
• Musculoskeletal: Joint pain, inflammation of joints, backache and muscle pain.
• Respiratory: Asthma, difficulty in breathing, respiratory arrest and wheezing.
• Miscellaneous: Serious allergic reaction which may cause death, chills, dizziness, fever, headache, malaise, nausea and vomiting.
Avoid using contaminated solution of this medication.
It is usually handled and stored by a health care provider.
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