Advertisement

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.

Continue Learning about Nutritive Agent

Will the FDA Regulate Supplement Safety?
Will the FDA Regulate Supplement Safety?
The teaser for the 2018 film Vitamania, a documentary about the history of supplements, recounts a disastrous 1913 Antarctic trek. The last two remain...
Read More
Are supplements safe?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Dietary supplements are safe when used as directed. This means taking the recommended dosage as ...
More Answers
What are possible side effects of using supplements?
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhDDebra Fulghum Bruce PhD
Sometimes a supplement or herb may counteract the effects of your prescription medication, leavi...
More Answers
Can eucalyptus oil help me breathe?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Eucalyptus oil can help you breathe easier and kill off bacteria in your lungs. Watch as Dr. Oz ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.