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General Information on Iron Dextran

Generic Name : Iron Dextran

Pronunciation : EYE-urn DEX-tran

Latest prescription information about Iron Dextran. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y44.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Iron Preparations

Trade Names/Brand Names of Iron Dextran

India : 

International : 

Infed, Dexferrum,Infufer

Why is Iron Dextran Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an essential mineral, prescribed for anemia or iron deficiency, megaloblastic anemia as an astringent.  It helps in oxygen transportation in the body.

When should Iron Dextran not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe allergic reactions.

What is the dosage of Iron Dextran?

Dose is calculated depending upon patient’s hemoglobin level and body weight.

How should Iron Dextran be taken?

It comes as a solution for IV or IM injection, is usually administered by a health care provider.

What are the warnings and precautions for Iron Dextran?

• It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication will affect you.

• Monitor hemoglobin, hematocrit ( packed cell volume), blood iron levels, total iron binding capacity (TIBC) levels, or percent saturation of transferrin levels, blood bilirubin and blood calcium level regularly while using this medication.

• Caution needed for pregnant women and children less than 4 yrs.

What are the side effects of Iron Dextran?

  Heart: Abnormal heart rhythm, slow heart rate, chest pain, chest tightness, high blood pressure, in some people low blood pressure, shivering, shock and fainting.
  Central Nervous System: Convulsions, disorientation, dizziness, headache, uneasiness, numbness, tingling, unconsciousness, unresponsiveness and weakness.
  Skin: Brown skin and/or underlying tissue discoloration (staining), bluish, flushing, itching, unusual bleeding, rash, sweating and hives.
  Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, altered taste, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
  Genitourinary: Blood in urine.
  Blood- Lymphatic: Increase in white blood cells and swollen lymph nodes.
  Local: Atrophy/fibrosis at injection site, inflammation, inflammation of vein, pain/soreness at or near IM injection site, sterile abscess and swelling.
  Musculoskeletal: Joint pain, inflammation of joints, backache and muscle pain.
  Respiratory: Asthma, difficulty in breathing, respiratory arrest and wheezing.
  Miscellaneous: Serious allergic reaction which may cause death, chills, dizziness, fever, headache, malaise, nausea and vomiting.

What are the other precautions for Iron Dextran?

Avoid using contaminated solution of this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Iron Dextran?

It is usually handled and stored by a health care provider.


Schedule : H

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