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Iron Dextran Complex
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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Iron Dextran Complex Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(EYE ern DEKS tran KOM pleks)

U.S. Brand Names

Dexferrum®; INFeD®

Canadian Brand Names

Dexiron™; Infufer®

Mexican Brand Names

Driken

Pharmacologic Category

Iron Salt

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Dangerous allergic reactions can occur.

• You should be given a test dose before your first dose.

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• You will be closely monitored by healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to iron dextran or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Anemia from a cause other than low iron stores, too much iron in your body, or thalassemia.

How does it work?

• Iron plays an important role in taking oxygen and transporting it to where it is needed in the body. Iron is taken into the red blood cells and made into hemoglobin. Hemoglobin actually carries the oxygen around in the body.

• Low iron stores can be caused by a diet lacking in iron, poor absorption of iron from the small intestines, pregnancy, breast-feeding, or blood loss.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is usually given as a shot into a muscle.

• This medicine is given into a vein constantly for a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for appointment.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:51:42.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:25:26.0

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