Infed

DRUG DESCRIPTION

INFeD (iron dextran injection USP) is a dark brown, slightly viscous sterile liquid complex of ferric hydroxide and dextran for intravenous or intramuscular use.

Each mL contains the equivalent of 50 mg of elemental iron (as an iron dextran complex), approximately 0.9% sodium chloride, in water for injection. Sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid may have been used to adjust pH. The pH of the solution is between 5.2 and 6.5.

The iron dextran complex has an average apparent molecular weight of 165,000 g/mole with a range of approximately ?10%.

Therapeutic Class: Hematinic

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;
  • ...

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What are the precautions when taking iron dextran (Infed)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: low blood count not due to low iron (e.g., vitamin B12/folate deficiency), active kidney infection.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: severe allergic reactions, asthma, bleeding problems (e.g., hemophilia), heart disease (e.g., chest pain, heart attack, heart failure), Hodgkin's disease, autoimmune...

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SIDE EFFECTS: Flushing, tingling of the hands/feet, shivering, or dizziness may occur. The area around the injection site may be tender, irritated, or discolored (brown). If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Some people may experience a delayed reaction 1-2 days after their treatment. These side effects usually lessen within 3 to 4 days if the medication was injected into a vein or within 3 to 7 days if the medication was injected into a muscle. Tell your doctor if any of these side effects persist or worsen more than 4 to 7 days after your treatment: back/joint/muscle aches, chills, moderate to high fever, headache, nausea/vomiting.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: abdominal pain, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, severe headache, blurred vision.

Get medical help right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug may occur. Get medical help right away if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: low blood count not due to low iron (e.g., vitamin B12/folate deficiency), active kidney infection.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: severe allergic reactions, asthma, bleeding problems (e.g., hemophilia), heart disease (e.g., chest pain, heart attack, heart failure), Hodgkin's disease, autoimmune disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus), kidney disease/dialysis, liver disease.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Infed Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: DexFerrum, Infed

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

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What is iron dextran (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 (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 (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.

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