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INFeD Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
INFeD (iron dextran) Injection is a form of the mineral iron used to treat iron deficiencies and iron deficiency anemia. Common side effects of INFeD include flushing, tingling of the hands/feet, shivering, or dizziness, injection site reactions (tenderness, irritation, soreness, pain, swelling, redness, or brown discoloration), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, sweating, chills, muscle or joint pain or aches, metallic taste in the mouth, or headache.
Dose of INFed is calculated based on the patient's weight and laboratory test indications. Other drugs may interact with INFed. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and supplements you use. During pregnancy, INFeD should be used only when prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our INFeD (iron dextran) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
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.
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INFeD in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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:
- nausea or vomiting;
- 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
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.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for INFeD (Iron Dextran)
What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
INFeD Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
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.
Read the entire patient information overview for INFeD (Iron Dextran)
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
INFeD FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Severe/Fatal: Anaphylactic reactions have been reported with the use of iron dextran injection; on occasions these reactions have been fatal. Such reactions, which occur most often within the first several minutes of administration, have been generally characterized by sudden onset of respiratory difficulty and/or cardiovascular collapse. Because fatal anaphylactic reactions have been reported after administration of iron dextran injection, the drug should be given only when resuscitation techniques and treatment of anaphylactic and anaphylactoid shock are readily available. (See BOXED WARNING and PRECAUTIONS: General, pertaining to immediate availability of epinephrine.)
Cardiovascular: Chest pain, chest tightness, shock, cardiac arrest, hypotension, hypertension, tachycardia, bradycardia, flushing, arrhythmias. (Flushing and hypotension may occur from too rapid injections by the intravenous route.)
Musculoskeletal/soft tissue: Arthralgia, arthritis (may represent reactivation in patients with quiescent rheumatoid arthritis - See PRECAUTIONS: General), myalgia; backache; sterile abscess, atrophy/fibrosis (intramuscular injection site); brown skin and/or underlying tissue discoloration (staining), soreness or pain at or near intramuscular injection sites; cellulitis; swelling; inflammation; local phlebitis at or near intravenous injection site.
Miscellaneous: Febrile episodes, sweating, shivering, chills, malaise, altered taste.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for INFeD (Iron Dextran)
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