What is Venofer?

Venofer is administered via injection. This injection contains iron sucrose, which is a form of iron. Iron is critical for a host of functions in the body, most importantly for transporting oxygen in the blood. Venofer is only used to treat anemia that is caused by kidney disease.

What is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition in the body when you do not have enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to the tissues. Fatigue is a major symptom of anemia and it is a direct result of your body simply not getting the oxygen it needs over time.

There are many different subtypes of anemia which can be grouped into three categories. There is anemia caused by blood loss, anemia which is caused by the loss of red blood cells, and lastly anemia caused by a dysfunction in the production of red blood cells.

Venofer is used for treatment with those who have anemia due to chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease results in a partial or permanent loss of kidney function. This form of anemia can develop as an early sign of kidney failure. Many people who have kidney disease develop anemia at some point and anemia worsens as chronic kidney disease progresses.

The symptoms of anemia in those with chronic kidney disease are as follows:

  • Sense of weakness
  • Fatigue or feeling tired
  • Having headaches
  • Pale complexion
  • Experiencing bouts of dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Anemia that is kidney related is diagnosed based on a couple of factors. Your medical history is one, as it is sometimes the case that anemia is caused by hereditary factors. A physical exam would be next up on the diagnostic checklist. Examining a patient’s body and observing if there are any changes in color—specifically paleness, which would indicate something is up. Lastly, a lab that involves doing a complete blood count which measures the number of blood cells in the body as well as what type they are can be ordered.

Measuring the amount of hemoglobin in the blood is an important metric in determining a threshold for when a deficiency can be classified as anemia. In males older than 15, hemoglobin that falls below 13 grams per deciliter (g/dl) is classified as anemia. For women, it is 12 g/dl for an anemic classification.

Venofer is administered as an injection directly into a vein. A healthcare provider must give you this injection. Typically, they will also watch you for the next half hour for your first injection to ensure that you do not experience an allergic reaction to the shot.

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