What does treatment with Ferinject involve?
Ferinject is a treatment for patients with iron deficiency, when oral iron preparations are ineffective or cannot be used. The aim of treatment is to replenish body iron stores and to remedy anaemia.
Before starting treatment with Ferinject your doctor will need to know certain information as not all medicines are suitable for all people. They might ask you about the following:
- Your full medical history
- Whether you are taking any other medicines, including those that don’t need a prescription
- If you have any allergies
- If you have (previously) experienced iron overload, or if your body has difficulty using iron appropriately
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during treatment
Your doctor or nurse will decide on the most appropriate way to give you your Ferinject treatment, and will advise on how often and for how long you should stay on the treatment.
You will be treated with Ferinject by your doctor or nurse in three possible ways:
- By undiluted injection, directly into a vein in your arm
- By infusion, diluted and given directly into a vein in your arm through a drip
- By dialyser, given during a haemodialysis session
Your doctor or nurse will monitor how you are while your treatment is being given. Please tell them if you feel unwell or think you may be experiencing any side effects whilst you are being treated with this medicine.
Your doctor will discuss possible side effects with you and will also monitor how you are while your treatment is being given.
You may only need a single dose of Ferinject or you may need to return for further treatments to complete your course. To ensure that your treatment is having the desired effect, your doctor should test your blood at suitable intervals to assess your progress. At future appointments, your doctor or nurse will continue to check that the amount of iron in your body stays within the right range for you. You may also need further courses of treatment in the future.