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Infed Side Effects

Generic Name: iron dextran

Note: This document contains side effect information about iron dextran. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Infed.

For the Consumer

Applies to iron dextran: injection solution

Along with its needed effects, iron dextran (the active ingredient contained in Infed) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking iron dextran:

Incidence not known
  • Backache
  • blood in the urine
  • bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nail beds
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chills
  • cold, clammy skin
  • confusion
  • cough
  • difficulty with moving
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • fast, weak pulse
  • feeling of warmth
  • fever
  • headache
  • hives or welts, itching, or rash
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • no blood pressure or pulse
  • pain in the joints
  • pounding in the ears
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • redness of the skin
  • seizures
  • stopping of heart
  • sweating
  • swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
  • tightness in the chest
  • unconsciousness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Some side effects of iron dextran may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • change in taste
  • diarrhea
  • soreness or pain at the injection site

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to iron dextran: injectable solution


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anaphylactoid reactions (including dyspnea, urticaria, rashes, itching, nausea, and shivering)
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Acute severe anaphylactoid reactions (sudden onset of respiratory difficulty and/or cardiovascular collapse)
Frequency not reported: Anaphylactic reactions, fatal anaphylactic reactions[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Flushing, pruritus, rash
Rare (less than 0.1%): Angioedema, sweating
Frequency not reported: Urticaria, purpura[Ref]

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Numbness
Rare (less than 0.1%): Loss of consciousness, seizure, dizziness, tremor
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Headache, paresthesia
Frequency not reported: Convulsions, syncope, unresponsiveness, altered taste[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cramps
Rare (less than 0.1%): Myalgias
Frequency not reported: Arthralgia, exacerbation of joint pain, arthritis, backache[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Feeling hot
Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Fatigue, chest pain
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Transient deafness
Frequency not reported: Fever, weakness, febrile episodes, chills[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dyspnea
Frequency not reported: Respiratory arrest, bronchospasm, wheezing[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Blurred vision[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nausea, emesis, abdominal pain
Rare (less than 0.1%): Diarrhea
Frequency not reported: Vomiting[Ref]


Rare (0.01 to 0.1%): Arrhythmia, tachycardia, hypotension
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Bradycardia, palpitations, hypertension
Frequency not reported: Chest tightness, shock, cyanosis, cardiac arrest[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Pain and brown pigmentation at injection site
Frequency not reported: Soreness or inflammation at or near injection site, local phlebitic reaction, staining of the skin, bleeding, formation of sterile abscesses, tissue necrosis, atrophy, pain, sterile abscess, cellulitis[Ref]


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hemolysis
Frequency not reported: Leukocytosis, lymphadenopathy[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Restlessness, mental status changes
Frequency not reported: Disorientation[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Tumors at the injection site[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hematuria[Ref]


1. "Product Information. DexFerrum (iron dextran)." American Regent Laboratories Inc, Shirley, NY.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. "Product Information. INFeD (iron dextran)." Schein Pharmaceuticals Inc, Florham Park, NJ.

Some side effects of Infed may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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