ferric gluconate (Rx)

Brand and Other Names:Ferrlecit, Nulecit
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

injectable solution

  • 12.5mg elemental Fe/mL; 10 mL ampules

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Indicated for treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adults and in children aged ≥6 years with chronic kidney disease receiving hemodialysis who are receiving supplemental epoetin therapy

125 mg IV infusion over 1 hr; not to exceed 250 mg/infusion for 8 hemodialysis sessions

May dilute in 100 mL 0.9% NaCl and administer over 1 hr

May administer undiluted; not to exceed administration rate of 12.5 mg/min

Dosage Forms & Strengths

injectable solution

  • 12.5mg elemental Fe/mL

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Indicated for treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adults and in children aged ≥6 years with chronic kidney disease receiving hemodialysis who are receiving supplemental epoetin therapy

<6 years: Safety and efficacy not established

≥6 years: 1.5 mg/kg elemental Fe IV infusion over 1 hr for 8 hemodialysis sessions

Not to exceed 125 mg/dose

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Adverse Effects

>10%

Diarrhea (35%)

Nausea (35%)

Vomiting (35%)

Injection site reaction (33%)

Hypotension (29%)

Cramps (25%)

Dizziness (13%)

Hypertension (13%)

Dyspnea (11%)

Chest pain (10%)

1-10%

Asthenia

Headache

Syncope

Fatigue

Fever

Edema

Cough

Upper respiratory tract infection

Abdominal pain

Hyperkalemia

Electrolyte abnormalities

Pruritus

Leg cramps

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Warnings

Contraindications

Hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis, hemolytic anemia, PUD, ulcerative colitis

Cautions

DO NOT mix Ferrlecit with other meds or add to TPN; compatibility has not been established

Significant hypotension may occur following administration; may resolve within 1-2hr

Contains benzyl alcohol, which is associated with gasping syndrome in neonates (not for use in neonates)

Iron overload may occur in patients with hemoglobinopathies or other refractory anemias

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: B

Lactation: Excretion in milk unknown; use with caution

Pregnancy Categories

A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA: Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

Replacement of iron stores found in hemoglobin, myoglobin, and enzymes; works to transport oxygen via hemoglobin

Pharmacokinetics

Half-Life: 1 hr

Vd: 6 L

Clearance: 3.02-5.35 L/hr

Excretion: urine, 0.5-1 mg/day

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Administration

IV Compatibilities

Solution: 0.9% NaCl

IV Incompatibilities

All other medications, parenteral nutrition solutions

IV Preparation

Dilute 10 mL Ferrlecit (125 mg Fe) in 100 mL 0.9% NaCl

IV Administration

Infuse IV over 1 hr

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Formulary

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