November 23, 2014
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Infufer

(iron dextran)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02221780 INFUFER 50MG/ML LIQUID FOR INJECTION

How does Infufer work? What will it do for me?

Iron dextran belongs to a class of medications known as iron supplements. It is an injectable form of iron that is used to treat iron-deficiency anemia when oral iron supplements cannot be taken or when oral iron supplements have not produced the needed results.

Iron is important for the production of red blood cells. It helps red blood cells to carry oxygen to the various parts of the body.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are receiving this medication, speak to your doctor.

How should I use Infufer?

Iron dextran is usually injected into a muscle in the buttocks by a doctor or qualified health care professional. In some circumstances, it is given intravenously (into a vein) in the hospital. The dose of iron dextran you receive will be determined by the doctor based on your needs. Injections are usually given once daily until iron levels return to normal or as decided by the doctor.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications.

It is important this medication be given exactly as recommended by your doctor. If you miss an appointment to receive iron dextran, contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.

It is important not to take iron supplements by mouth if you are receiving iron injections, as this may cause an overload of iron. (See "Who should not take this medication?")

This medication is stored at room temperature but should not be allowed to freeze.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Infufer come in?

Each mL of injection contains elemental iron 50 mg as an iron dextran complex and sodium chloride 0.9% in water for injection. Sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid may be used to adjust pH. This medication does not contain preservatives.

Who should NOT take Infufer?

Do not receive this medication if you:

  • are allergic to iron or any ingredients of the medication
  • are taking oral iron supplements
  • have a history of asthma (if the intravenous injection is used)
  • have an acute kidney infection
  • have anemia other than iron deficiency anemia

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