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Generic name: iron dextran [EYE-urn-DEX-tran]
Drug class: iron products

What is Infed?

Infed is used for iron deficiencies, including iron-deficiency anemia.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Infed.

Side effects of Infed

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Infed can lead to severe and even fatal allergies or severely low blood pressure. If you are feeling lightheaded or suddenly having trouble breathing, call your doctor immediately.

If you are suffering from:

  • Fast or slow heartbeats. Chest pain, difficulty breathing;
  • Feeling lightheaded, as if one could pass out.
  • Flushing (warmth, redness, or tingling feeling);
  • Blue-coloured lips and fingernails
  • Red or pink urine
  • Breathing that is shallow or weak (breathing can stop);
  • Seizure (convulsions);
  • The injection site may be swollen, warm, red, or itchy.
  • The delayed effect can be felt 1-2 days after the injection. This includes fever, chills, and dizziness. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, muscle or joint pain, backache, and general malaise.

Infed can cause the following side effects:

  • Mild itching or skin rash
  • Body aches, numbness, and tingling sensations;
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;
  • Low fever, mild dizziness, and weakness;
  • Brown discoloration on your skin

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Infed should not be used if your type of anemia is not due to iron deficiency.

Infed can lead to severe, sometimes fatal, allergic reactions or low blood pressure. If you suddenly feel like you are going to pass out or feel light-headed, tell your carer immediately.

Before you take this drug

Infed should not be given to you if your anemia is not due to iron deficiency or you are allergic.

Inform your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease (or dialysis if you have it);
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hemophilia is characterized by bleeding or blood clotting disorders.
  • Stomach bleeding;
  • Allergies or asthma
  • If you have an allergy to any medication,
  • If you are taking beta blockers (atenolol, carvedilol, metoprolol, nebivolol, propranolol, sotalol, and others),

Use it only if you're not pregnant. If you are pregnant, stop using the medication and immediately tell your doctor.Breastfeeding while using Infed may not be recommended. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about any risks.

How to take Infed?

Read all instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all directions. Follow the directions on the label.Infed is administered as an intravenous infusion. Your healthcare provider may give you your first dose and teach you how to use the medication properly.Infed should be administered slowly. Injecting the medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects.

Your first dose may be administered in a hospital setting or clinic to treat any serious side effects.Please read and follow all instructions for use that come with your medication.Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you don't understand the instructions.Prepare an injection only when you are ready to administer it. If the color of your medicine has changed or if it contains particles, do not use it. For new medication, call your pharmacist.

Inform your doctor of any changes to your height or weight. These measurements are used to determine the doses that should be administered.You may require frequent medical tests. Tests can be used to determine the effectiveness of a medicine, even if there are no symptoms.Infed can interfere with certain medical tests. Infed can affect the results of certain medical tests.Each vial is only for one-time use. After one use, throw it out, even if the medicine is still inside.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you miss a dosage, call your doctor to get instructions.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.Joint pain may be accompanied by dizziness, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

What should be avoided?

Follow your doctor's instructions if he or she prescribes restrictions on food, drink, or activities.

Interaction with other drug

Infed may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are currently taking and those that you have started or stopped using.