Chromium Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 8/17/2022
Chromium Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Chromium?

Chromium (chromic chloride injection, solution) is a supplement to intravenous solutions for total parenteral nutrition (TPN). Administration of Chromium helps to maintain chromium serum levels and to prevent depletion of endogenous stores and subsequent deficiency symptoms.

What Are Side Effects of Chromium?

Side effects of Chromium include:

Chromium has no known side effects. Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects after receiving Chromium.

Chromium may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • thinking problems,
  • trouble concentrating,
  • problems with balance or coordinating,
  • nausea,
  • upper stomach pain,
  • itching,
  • tired feeling,
  • loss of appetite,
  • dark urine,
  • clay-colored stools, and
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

Seek medical care or call 911 at once if you have the following serious side effects:

  • Serious eye symptoms such as sudden vision loss, blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
  • Serious heart symptoms such as fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats; fluttering in your chest; shortness of breath; and sudden dizziness, lightheartedness, or passing out;
  • Severe headache, confusion, slurred speech, arm or leg weakness, trouble walking, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, very stiff muscles, high fever, profuse sweating, or tremors.

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

Dosage for Chromium

For the adult receiving TPN, the suggested additive dosage is 10 to 15 mcg chromium/day (2.5 to 3.75 mL/day). The metabolically stable adult with intestinal fluid loss may require 20 mcg chromium/day (5 mL/day), with frequent monitoring of blood levels as a guideline for subsequent administration. For pediatric patients, the suggested additive dosage is 0.14 to 0.20 mcg/kg/day (0.035 to 0.05 mL/kg/day).

Chromium In Children

Safety and effectiveness of Chromium in pediatric patients have not been established.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Chromium?

Chromium may interact with other medicines.

Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Chromium During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Chromium; it is unknown how it would affect a fetus. It is unknown if Chromium passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Chromium (chromic chloride injection, solution) 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.

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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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using chromium picolinate and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • thinking problems, trouble concentrating;
  • problems with balance or coordination; or
  • liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • mood changes, feeling irritable.

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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SIDE EFFECTS

None known.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Chromium (Chromium Chloride Injection Solution)

© Chromium Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Chromium Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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