What is Iron sucrose?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Venofer IV

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Iron sucrose is an iron salt used for the treatment of iron-deficiency anemia in chronic renal failure, including nondialysis-dependent patients and dialysis-dependent patients receiving erythropoietin therapy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Iron deficiency anemia 10 6
Anemia of chronic disease 5 1
Anemia 2 2
Heart palpitations 1 0
Periodic limb movement disorder 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 2
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Iron sucrose

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 3
Fatigue 2
Headaches 2
Constipation 1
Itchy skin 1
Muscle aches 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Iron sucrose

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg weekly 1
100 mL weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Iron sucrose

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 8
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 10 patients who've stopped taking Iron sucrose

Duration

Currently taking Iron sucrose

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Iron sucrose

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 6
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 3
Not specified 3

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Iron sucrose after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ferrimed 1
Ferrous sulfate (Slow Release Iron) 1
Iron Dextran (Infed) 1
Vitron-C 1
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2 patient evaluations for Iron sucrose

Oct 31, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for iron deficiency anemia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle aches, nausea, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: While it is being infused, I always think it tastes like black licorice or a little metallic. I always drink apple juice during the infusion and that seems to help lessen the taste.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 28, 2010 (Started Sep 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for iron deficiency anemia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: You will need to eat prior to taking this supplement you will also need to take a stool softner.
Side effects: constipation

  • 0 helpful marks
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