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Polysaccharide-Iron Complex, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Polysaccharide-Iron Complex, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Ferrex™ 150 Forte; Ferrex™ 150 Forte Plus; Ferrex™ 150 Plus; Maxaron® Forte; Poly-Iron 150 Forte; Polysaccharide Iron 150 Forte

Pharmacologic Category

Iron Salt

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Keep away from children. Accidental poisonings with iron occur most often in children. Initial signs of overdose include feeling tired, nausea, vomiting, belly pain, dark tarry-black stool, and weak or fast heartbeat.

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, folic acid, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Anemia from a cause other than low iron stores, too much iron in your body, or thalassemia.

How does it work?

• Iron plays an important role in taking oxygen and transporting it to where it is needed in the body. Iron is taken into the red blood cells and made into hemoglobin. Hemoglobin actually carries the oxygen around in the body.

• Vitamin B12 and folic acid are dietary supplements.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Take this medicine 1 hour before or 2 hours after bran, fiber supplements, tea, coffee, dairy products, or eggs.

• Follow diet plan as recommended by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2010-03-18 09:56:04.0

Modified: 2010-04-09 14:23:36.0

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