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Iron polymaltose

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What does it do?

Iron polymaltose increases the amount of iron in your body and is used to treat some forms of anaemia.

How is it given?

Iron polymaltose is usually given as an infusion into a vein or as an injection into a muscle.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with iron polymaltose including:

  • iron supplements (e.g. Ferro-Tab®) – these are not usually needed while receiving iron polymaltose

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing

Tell your doctor immediately

Irritation or pain at injection site

Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains

Headache

Flushing, sweating, chills

Nausea, vomiting

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems, or asthma.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed