Chromagen

Generic Name: iron/succinic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12/desiccated stomach substance (EYE-urn/sux-IN-ic AS-id/VYE-ta-min C/VYE-ta-min B 12/DES-ih-kay-ted STUH-mak SUB-stans)
Brand Name: Examples include Anemagen and Chromagen

Accidental overdose of products that contain iron is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years old. Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion, call the poison control center or a doctor at once.


Chromagen is used for:

Treating certain types of anemia that can be helped by increasing the amount of iron in the body (eg, anemia caused by pregnancy, blood loss, low dietary iron, metabolic disease, surgery). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Chromagen is a combination of vitamins and minerals. It works by replacing iron in the body.

Do NOT use Chromagen if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Chromagen
  • you have too much iron in your body (eg, hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Chromagen:

Some medical conditions may interact with Chromagen. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have another type of anemia (eg, hemolytic anemia, megaloblastic anemia, pernicious anemia)
  • if you have stomach or bowel problems (eg, Crohn disease, inflammation, ulcer), metabolism problems, porphyria, or a blood disease (eg, thalassemia)
  • if you have had multiple blood transfusions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Chromagen. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Doxycycline, penicillamine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Chromagen

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Chromagen may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Chromagen:

Use Chromagen as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Chromagen by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Swallow Chromagen whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • Take Chromagen with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Chromagen.
  • If you also take antacids, bisphosphonates (eg, etidronate), cephalosporins (eg, cefdinir), doxycycline, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), levodopa, methyldopa, penicillamine, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin), tetracyclines (eg, minocycline), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take them with Chromagen.
  • If you miss a dose of Chromagen, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Chromagen.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take large doses of vitamins while you take Chromagen unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Chromagen may cause your stools to darken. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Chromagen may interfere with certain lab tests, such as tests used to check for blood in the stool. Make sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Chromagen.
  • Lab tests, including blood counts and iron levels, may be performed while you use Chromagen. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Chromagen should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Chromagen while you are pregnant. Chromagen is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Chromagen, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Chromagen:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; darkened or green stools; diarrhea; nausea; stomach upset; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; blood or streaks of blood in the stool; severe or persistent vomiting or stomach pain.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include black, tarry stools; chest pain; coma; dizziness; fast heartbeat; fever; increased or decreased urination; increased thirst or hunger; seizures; severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; shortness of breath; sluggishness; trouble breathing; unusual tiredness or drowsiness; unusually pale skin; weak pulse.

Proper storage of Chromagen:

Store Chromagen at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Chromagen out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Chromagen, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Chromagen is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Chromagen or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Chromagen. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Chromagen. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Chromagen.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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