What should seniors know before getting injections of Venofer?

Before receiving Venofer (iron sucrose), seniors should know why the drug is being prescribed and its possible risks and benefits.

Venofer is an iron-containing solution. It's injected into a vein to treat iron-deficiency anemia in adults with chronic kidney disease. Cells that mature into red blood cells absorb the iron, which helps them transport oxygen throughout the body and to the brain.

According to research, about 40% of people who took Venofer are 65 and older. The drug has been found to be as safe and effective for these older adults as for younger ones. However, because seniors are at greater risk for liver or heart problems, and because they're more likely to be taking other drugs that could possibly interact with Venofer, doctors may need to monitor them more closely if they're given this drug.

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