Iron dextran
Iron dextran

Iron dextran review

Iron dextran is a type of mineral iron. It is specifically used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia.

Iron dextran is marketed as Infed and Dex Ferrum. It is prescribed to individuals both children and adults who have iron deficiencies. Iron is specifically important since it helps in carrying oxygen in the blood.

Iron dextran should never be used by people who do not have lack of iron in their bodies or those who have anemia but which is not related to iron deficiency.

Iron dextran is administered intravenously or intramuscularly. Most of the time thee preferred injection area is the upper portion of the buttock. Patients should seek help from a doctor or any other healthcare professional on how to properly administer this drug.

This drug should be stored out of reach of children, and kept at room temperature. It should also be kept away from heat and moisture.

The usual daily dosage for adults is 2 ml. This can be administered in divided doses. For children, the usual dosage is 2ml given daily, although bigger children can be given a higher dose.

In case of a missed dose, patients should immediately inform or seek the help of their doctors.

Some of the symptoms of an overdose are joint pains, dizziness, fever, chill, nausea, headache, muscle aches, and vomiting.

There are no restrictions on the diet and activities of patients who are using iron dextran.

Like any other medication, iron dextran may cause side effects to its users. It is very normal that these side effects occur until the body has gotten used to the medication. However patients should immediately get medical help in case these side effects continue.

Patients may suffer from severe allergic reactions such as collapse, difficulty in breathing, loss of consciousness, hives, convulsions, and swelling after using iron dextran. They may also experience hypotension or severe low blood levels.

Patients may also suffer from less serious side effects. In this case patients should just continue taking iron dextran and consult their physicians especially if they experience dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, fever, chills, sweating, and headache. They may also experience pain, swelling, soreness, and redness on the injected site, as well as muscle and joint pains, and unwanted taste in the mouth.

Patients should be transparent on their intake of medicines, whether prescription or over the counter types. These include vitamins, minerals, dietary supplements, and herbal products that may interact with iron dextran.

Patients should also inform their physicians of any history of allergies, heart disease, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, or kidney disease.

There is no proof that the use of iron dextran can negatively affect a pregnancy. However pregnant women, or those who are trying to get pregnant, should tell their conditions or plans to a doctor before agreeing to take iron dextran.

Iron dextran may also be passed on to infants through breast feeding. Patients should not use this medication if they are breastfeeding without the approval of a doctor.

• Molecular formula of iron dextran is (FeO.OH.2H2O)478 (Dx.COOH)9
• Molecular weight is 105000 g/mol
Iron dextran available : 0,9% injection

Brand name(s): Dexferrum, Imferon, Infed, Proferdex

  Your Iron dextran review