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What are the side effects associated with iron sucrose injection?

Iron sucrose injection (Venofer), a supplement for people with iron deficiency anemia due to kidney disease, can cause serious side effects. Notify your doctor at once if any of these side effects appear:

  • symptoms of severe high blood pressure, including seizures, erratic heartbeat, chest pain, bad headache, ears buzzing, blurry vision, feeling short of breath, anxiety, or confusion 
  • lightheadedness, fainting, or falling down
  • feeling hot, sweaty, or flushed
  • feeling fatigued or weak
  • muscle or joint pain
  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • swollen feet, ankles, or hands.

Seek emergency medical attention if you notice signs of an allergic reaction, such as breathing problems, itching, rash, hives, or swollen tongue, lips, throat, or face. Other side effects may be less serious.

Talk to your doctor if the following side effects persist or become a problem:

  • constipation or diarrhea
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pain in the stomach, ears or joints
  • a painful, irritated, burning, or swollen injection area
  • achiness
  • sinus congestion or pain
  • sore throat
  • loss of the sense of taste
  • anxiety
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • or muscle cramps.

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