Sodium ferric gluconate is a type of iron. You normally get iron from the foods you eat. In your body, iron becomes a part of your hemoglobin (HEEM o glo bin) and myoglobin (MY o glo bin). Hemoglobin carries oxygen through your blood to tissues and organs. Myoglobin helps your muscle cells store oxygen. Sodium ferric gluconate complex is used to treat iron deficiency anemia (a lack of red blood cells caused by having too little iron in the body) in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. Sodium ferric gluconate complex is for people with kidney disease who are on dialysis. Sodium ferric gluconate complex may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Ferrlecit, an iron compound, is known as sodium ferric gluconate complex in a sucrose injection. Ferrlecit is ideally a stable macromolecular compound that is used to maintain and replenish iron in the body. Iron is very crucial for the synthesis of normal hemoglobin in order to maintain normal oxygen delivery. It is also an essential element in the body for the synthesis of DNA and enzyme processes and for metabolism.