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Generic: iron dextran
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Iron is used to make healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients through the body
               



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What is this medicine?

IRON DEXTRAN (AHY ern DEX tran) is an iron complex. Iron is used to make healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients through the body. This medicine is used to treat people who cannot take iron by mouth and have low levels of iron in the blood.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • anemia not caused by low iron levels
  • heart disease
  • high levels of iron in the blood
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to iron, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein or a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 4 months old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • deferoxamine
  • dimercaprol
  • other iron products

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • chloramphenicol
  • deferasirox

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional regularly. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

You may need to follow a special diet. Talk to your doctor. Foods that contain iron include: whole grains/ cereals, dried fruits, beans, or peas, leafy green vegetables, and organ meats (liver, kidney).

Long- term use of this medicine may increase your risk of some cancers. Talk to your doctor about how to limit your risk.

               
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