Dexferrum

Generic Name: Iron Dextran

  • What is Dexferrum?

    Dexferrum is a medicine used intravenously (through a vein in your arm) to treat anemia due to inadequate iron levels.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Dexferrum?

    Dexferrum can cause serious allergic reactions. Tell your doctor if symptoms such as rash, itching, dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling, or breathing problems occur during or after Dexferrum administration.

    Tell your doctor if you experience any symptoms of joint pain, muscle pain, backache, chills, dizziness, fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting after Dexferrum administration.

    Dexferrum can worsen heart conditions or joint pain and swelling. Tell your doctor if you have any heart disease or rheumatoid arthritis (a type of arthritis that involves inflammation of the joints).

  • Who should not take Dexferrum?

    Your doctor will not administer Dexferrum to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Dexferrum?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Dexferrum. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of allergies, asthma, allergic reactions to iron products or any other medication, if you have liver or heart disease, or rheumatoid arthritis.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥4 months: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Dexferrum?

    Your doctor will administer Dexferrum to you and will observe you for signs or symptoms of allergic reactions.

  • What should I avoid while taking Dexferrum?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Dexferrum?

    If Dexferrum is administered with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking high blood pressure medications known as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (such as lisinopril), oral iron supplements or any other iron-based preparation (such as ferrous fumarate, ferrous gluconate, or ferrous sulfate).

  • What are the possible side effects of Dexferrum?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, chest pain, chest tightness, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, high blood pressure, increased heart beats, low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting

  • Can I receive Dexferrum if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Dexferrum during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Dexferrum?

    Dexferrum should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled appointment, contact your doctor for advice.

  • How should I store Dexferrum?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.