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Generic Name: iron dextran (EYE urn DEX tran)
Brand Name: DexFerrum, Infed
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Drug Information:
Infed is a form of the mineral iron. Iron is important for many functions in the body, especially for the transport of oxygen in the blood. Infed is used to treat iron deficiencies and iron deficiency anemia (low red blood cells). Infed may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not receive Infed if you have a type of anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency. Infed can cause severe and sometimes fatal allergic reactions or severely low blood pressure. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel light-headed (like you might pass out), or if you suddenly have trouble breathing. Learn more

Infed Side Effects

Infed Side Effects

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


Injection route (Solution)

Anaphylactic-type reactions, including fatalities, have followed the parenteral use of iron dextran. Have resuscitation equipment and personnel readily available during administration. Administer a test dose, and only administer full dose in the absence of signs or symptoms of anaphylactic-type reaction. Observe patients during administration for anaphylactic-type reaction. Use iron dextran only in patients no amenable to oral iron therapy. Patients with a history of drug allergy or multiple drug allergies may be at increased risk of anaphylactic reactions.

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


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Flushing, pruritus, rash

Rare (less than 0.1%): Angioedema, sweating

Frequency not reported: Urticaria, purpura

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


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cramps

Rare (less than 0.1%): Myalgias

Frequency not reported: Arthralgia, exacerbation of joint pain, arthritis, backache


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


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dyspnea

Frequency not reported: Respiratory arrest, bronchospasm, wheezing


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Blurred vision


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nausea, emesis, abdominal pain

Rare (less than 0.1%): Diarrhea

Frequency not reported: Vomiting


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


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


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hemolysis

Frequency not reported: Leukocytosis, lymphadenopathy


Rare (less than 0.1%): Restlessness, mental status changes

Frequency not reported: Disorientation


Frequency not reported: Tumors at the injection site


Frequency not reported: Hematuria

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

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