GENERIC NAME: iron dextran
BRAND NAME: INFeD, Pri-Dextra, Dexferrum
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
WARNING: Serious anaphylactic-type reactions, including death, have occurred after administration of iron dextran injection. Patients should be given a test dose before their first dose and monitored closely by their doctor. The risk of experiencing allergic type side effects may be higher in patients who have allergies to other drugs.
Large doses may cause delayed (1-2 days) adverse reactions such as:
- moderate to high fever,
- nausea, and
The reactions start 24-48 hours after administration and symptoms generally subside within 3-4 days.
Iron dextran should be used cautiously in people with liver disease and should not be used by people with kidney infections.
SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects include:
- loose stools (diarrhea),
- upset stomach,
- change in taste,
- pain and irritation or swelling where the injection was given.
Other possible side effects include:
- decreased white blood cell count,
- chest pain,
- low blood pressure,
- high blood pressure,
- rapid heartbeat,
- slow heartbeat,
- abnormal heart rhythms,
- joint pain,
- muscle pain,
- breathing problems, and
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