iron dextran (Dexferrum, INFeD, Pri-Dextra, Proferdex)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is the dosage for iron dextran, and where on the body is the injection given?

Iron dextran is injected into a vein or the muscles of the buttocks.

The recommended dose for adults is 25-100 mg intravenously or deep into the muscle of the buttock everyday as needed. The maximum dose is 100 mg (2 mL) a day

Which drugs or supplements interact with this drug?

No clinically important drug-drug interactions between iron dextran and other medications have been reported by the manufacturer.

Is thsi drug safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Iron dextran should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
  • Small amounts of iron dextran are excreted into human milk. Iron dextran should be used cautiously in pregnant women.

What else should I know about this drug?

What preparations of iron dextran-injection are available?

Iron dextran solution is available in 2 ml single dose vials for injection, containing 50 mg of elemental iron per ml.

How should I keep iron dextran-injection stored?

Iron dextran should be stored at room temperature, between 68 F and 77 F (20 C to 25 C).

When was iron dextran approved by the FDA?

The FDA approved iron dextran in April, 1974.

REFERENCE: FDA Full Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2017
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