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Iron Dextran



Iron Dextran is used to treat iron deficiencies and related diseases such as iron deficiency anemia (low hemoglobin or red blood cells) where oral iron therapy is not appropriate.
Iron Dextran is used to treat iron deficiency anemia that cannot be treated adequately with oral iron supplements.

How it works

Iron Dextran is an injectable form of iron supplement works by balancing the iron mineral levels in the body thereby preventing iron deficiency related health problems.

Common side effects

Nausea, Abdominal pain, Application site swelling, Change in bowel habits, Chills, Skin discolouration, Soreness, Vomiting


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Expert advice

  • Consult your doctor if you have liver, heart, kidney diseases or undergoing dialysis, bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia or stomach bleeding or asthma or allergies, rheumatoid arthritis or any infections.
  • Do not use iron dextran in children < 4 months old.
  • You will be regularly monitored for lab tests, such as hemoglobin, hematocrit, blood iron levels, total iron binding capacity (TIBC) levels, or percent saturation of transferrin levels, while you use iron dextran.
  • Do not drive or use any machinery after taking iron dextran as it may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to iron dextran or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if having anaemia not associated with iron deficiency.

Frequently asked questions

Iron Dextran

 Q. Is iron dextran a vesicant?
Yes, Iron dextran is a vesicant. 
Q. Is Iron dextran administered as intramuscular injection?
Yes, it can be used as intramuscular injection.
Q. What is iron dextran used for?
Iron dextran is used to treat iron mineral deficiency and iron deficiency anemia.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)