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Iron Dextran Complex

Generic Name: Iron Dextran Complex (EYE ern DEKS tran KOM pleks)
Brand Name: Dexferrum, Infed


  • Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic side effects have rarely happened. Talk with your doctor.
  • The risk of allergic side effects may be higher in patients who have allergies to other drugs or to many drugs.
  • You will be given a test dose before your first dose.
  • You will be watched closely by your doctor.

Uses of Iron Dextran Complex:

  • It is used to treat or prevent low iron in the body.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Iron Dextran Complex?

For all patients taking iron dextran complex:

  • If you have an allergy to iron dextran or any other part of iron dextran complex.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Anemia from a cause other than low iron stores or too much iron in your body.
  • If you have an infection in the kidney.


  • If your child is younger than 4 months of age. Do not give iron dextran complex to an infant younger than 4 months of age.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with iron dextran complex.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take iron dextran complex with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Iron Dextran Complex?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take iron dextran complex. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take iron dextran complex.
  • Do not take other iron products with iron dextran complex.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using iron dextran complex while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Iron Dextran Complex) best taken?

Use iron dextran complex as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle or as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
  • It may be given as a shot into a vein.
  • Your doctor will give iron dextran complex.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high or low blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, change in eyesight.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • A burning or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Back pain.
  • Joint pain.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad muscle pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Flushing.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Blue or gray skin color.
  • Swollen gland.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Sweating a lot.

What are some other side effects of Iron Dextran Complex?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Change in taste.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Pain where the shot was given.
  • Irritation or swelling where the shot was given.
  • Brown skin where the shot was given.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Iron Dextran Complex?

  • If you need to store iron dextran complex at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about iron dextran complex, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take iron dextran complex or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about iron dextran complex. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to iron dextran complex. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using iron dextran complex.

Review Date: February 7, 2018