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Brand Names: DexFerrum, Infed

Generic Name: iron dextran (Pronunciation: EYE urn DEX tran)

What is iron dextran (DexFerrum, Infed)?

Iron dextran is a form of the mineral iron. Iron is important for many functions in the body, especially for the transport of oxygen in the blood.

Iron dextran is used to treat iron deficiencies and iron deficiency anemia.

Iron dextran may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of iron dextran (DexFerrum, Infed)?

Cases of severe, sometimes fatal, allergic reactions (loss of consciousness, collapse, difficulty breathing, hives, swelling, or convulsions) and severe low blood pressure (hypotension) have been reported with the use of iron dextran. This medication should be administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur. Continue using iron dextran and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience:

  • dizziness;
  • nausea or vomiting;
  • diarrhea;
  • fever, sweating, or chills;
  • soreness, pain, swelling, redness, or other reaction at the injection site;
  • muscle or joint pain or aches;
  • metallic taste in the mouth; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about iron dextran (DexFerrum, Infed)?

Cases of severe, sometimes fatal, allergic reactions (loss of consciousness, collapse, difficulty breathing, hives, swelling, or convulsions) and severe low blood pressure (hypotension) have been reported with the use of iron dextran. This medication should be administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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