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Iron Dextran Medication
Iron dextran: Iron dextran is a form of intravenous iron used when patients are unable to tolerate oral iron or fail to respond to it. It tends to cause more allergic reactions that newer formulations such as Ferrlecit (sodium ferric gluconate) or venofer. ...Read more
IV iron: Iron dextran is an intravenous iron formulation. The numbers 250 mg/5 ml refer to the concentration. After the doctor calculates your "iron deficit" (usually around 1500-2000 mg depending on how anemic you are), he/she would then give you around 20-40 ml of iron dextran. Iron dextran can cause allergic reactions. Newer formulations such as ferric gluconate are less likely to do so. ...Read more
Rephrase question: Plase rephrase your question. What steps are you reffering here. Iron dextran infusion is indicated if you can't tolerate or if you do not respond to the oral iron replacement medication. You are going to be given small dose as a testing dose prior to the iron infusion to make sure that you do not have allergic reaction. It is otherwise a well tolerable therapy. Discuss with your doctor further. ...Read more
I've taken four 1 ml im injections of iron dextran (50mg/1ml) this past week and ferritin has not increased at all. Can results take this long?
I'm having an iron infusion (dextran I believe) and I need my routine thyroid blood work done shortly after. Will the infusion skew the blood work?
It will not: Hoping that the underlying cause of your iron deficiency is also addressed. ...Read more
Dextran allergy: Dextran (high-molecular weight dextran) is a plasma volume expander. An allergy occurs when your bodys immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: https://www.drugs.com/mtm/dextran-high-molecular-weight.html ...Read more
Are iron infusions safe and more effective than the medication, and do you stop taking the iron pills once you get iron infusions.
Anaphylactic Risk: Severe allergic- type rxns (including fatal) associated with infusions (intravenous) Iron Dextran administration can occur. Therefore, should only be given when oral iron is not effective or possible. Test does should be given and then rest given when lab-confirmed iron deficiency confirmed. Need to continue oral iron until iron stores are repleted--about 3 months. Very effective when used. ...Read more
I was prescribed Levofloxacin and cant have iron within two hours. Are there any low iron foods I can eat before taking my medication?
Levofloxacin: It is important to take oral levofloxacin at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after any antacid or mineral supplement containing iron, calcium, zinc, or magnesium since these bind levofloxacin and prevent its absorption into the body. Dietary intake of foods should not significantly alter the uptake of this medication. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I have Hemoglobin (low iron) is there anything I can do? Or any medications, vitamins I could take to fix this?
Ok then: We all have hemoglobin. Some have low hemoglobin (anemia), of which one of the types of anemia is due to low iron. Discuss with your doctor as this is many times due to blood loss, and it's sometimes necessary to treat what's causing the iron deficiency, and not just replacing iron. But in meantime you can probably start some simple Iron supplements. The pharmacist can point them out to you. ...Read more
A person who can't take iron medication and has sickle cell what would be good for them to gain back iron in the body?
Dietary iron: Usually the iron in dark greens and/or red meat (in moderation) will be tolerated, and is better for absorption than large dose supplement of it. ...Read more
Can taking iron medication effect your stomach months after stopping the medication if you took it longer than you were supposed to?
It is not very: Likely that previous iron medications would be responsible for GI upset now. ...Read more
I would like to know what the high iron can do yo me though. It id not heridtary, I always had low iron before. I am not on any medications?
Recheck labs: It is very difficult for a person to have high iron if he does not take iron-containing supplements and doesn't have a hereditary or genetic disorder where his body holds onto iron inside the liver. People with that disorder get liver damage. One can recheck the tests, which is not just the iron level, but also ferritin, transferrin, and transferrin saturation. A doctor can discuss the results. ...Read more
Period is 8 days early, usually very regular, not sexually active. No medication except iron which I have been taking for 3ish months?
If I'm anemic can I still donate blood if I don't take iron pills and if I'm on kidney medication?
No: Only in a special situation where an anemic person's blood is urgently needed would anyone want to take an anemic person's blood donation... because it would make the donor even more anemic. Perhaps if an anemic person were the only matching donor remaining in town, and a tranfusion was emergently needed... but that situation should not happen anywhere in modern America. ...Read more
Can the brand nature made, iron supplements mess with birth control? On the back it says can mess with some medications.
I'm female, 21 years, 72 kg. I took medication for infection and after finishing my white blood cells were again high (18000). Now im takeing iron and b9?
Is it possible to develop an itchy rash all over after taking a medication or iron supplement after a year?
Not likely: However, allergic skin rashes that develop from a supplement can cause severe reactions and need to be assessed by a family doctor, dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more
Hi, any suggestions about medication except iron and blood tablets for a menorraghia sufferer to help with extreme fatigue before & during menses?
92 yrs old female, cardiac hypertrophy, hypertension and renal problem, severe anemic. What are safe iron medication 4 her.??
Depends on cause: Of her anemia. She could have nutritional deficit other than iron deficiency, also occult bleeding, also hemolysis. Even if she really does have iron deficiency anemia alone, she could have absorption problems. Assuming everything else is negative, you can try ferrous sulfate or ferrous gluconate. But get her to a doctor first before you try. ...Read more
I sometimes wake up at night and my hands and fingers are swollen . I am not in any medication other than iron and the only condition I am currently diagnosed with is anemia?
Need further eval:
Anemia can make you have sot tissue swelling but not likely just hands and fingers.
are you always swollen or does it come and go?
Same on both sides?
Tenderness in joints?
Redness, rash, fever, other joint problems?
Why are you anemic?
Has iron deficiency been proven?
I recommend a complete history and physical exam, and blood tests.
Good luck. ...Read more
I have anemia and take iron medication (ferrous sulfate). Should I continue if i recently developed hemorrhoids and the iron makes me constipated?
Can certain medications deplete the body of important nutrients (such as iron, magnesium, zinc) and then induce hair loss because of that depletion?
I'm on two anti-convulsants medications causing my hair to fall out drastically. I read that selenium, iron & b-vitamins can be depleted on these meds?
I take Fluoxetine, Naproxen, and Lorazepam. Can I also take an iron supplement while taking these medications?
No problem: Iron supplementation should not be an issue with those medications. Please follow the advice of your docs. ...Read more