What is Ferrlecit?

Brand name Ferrlecit (sodium ferric gluconate) is a prescription medication used to treat people with iron deficiency anemia. Anemia is defined as a deficiency in the red blood cells your body needs to carry oxygen throughout the bloodstream. Iron deficiency anemia is common because iron is used to produce hemoglobin, a chemical that gives red blood cells the ability to carry oxygen.

Ferrlecit is an iron supplement that has been proven to effectively treat iron deficiency anemia in people over six years of age who are undergoing hemodialysis and who are also being treated with epoetin therapy to increase their hemoglobin production. Hemodialysis involves the filtration and restoration of blood. An injection of Ferrlecit adds substantial amounts of iron to the bloodstream and stimulates hemoglobin production. Ferrlecit treatment is stopped when someone has healthy readings of hematocrit (the amount of red blood cells) and hemoglobin levels in the bloodstream, and when there are sufficient amounts of iron stored in the body.

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