Ferrous fumarate suspension

Pronunciation

Generic Name: ferrous fumarate (FER-us FYOO-ma-rate)
Brand Name: Feostat

Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.


Ferrous fumarate suspension is used for:

Preventing or treating low levels of iron in the blood. It also may be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Ferrous fumarate suspension is an essential body mineral. It works by replacing iron in the body when the body does not produce enough on its own.

Do NOT use ferrous fumarate suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in ferrous fumarate suspension
  • you have high levels of iron in your blood

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

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Before using ferrous fumarate suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with ferrous fumarate suspension. 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 inflammation of the intestines, Crohn disease, digestive problems, ulcers, anemia, or a blood disease (eg, porphyria, thalassemia)
  • if you have had multiple blood transfusions

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

  • Doxycycline, mycophenolate, penicillamine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because the effectiveness of these medicines may be decreased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if ferrous fumarate suspension 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 ferrous fumarate suspension:

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

  • Ferrous fumarate suspension is absorbed better on an empty stomach but may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach.
  • Shake well before using a dose.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you are also taking a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), cephalosporin (eg, cephalexin), methyldopa, penicillamine, quinolone (eg, ciprofloxacin), or tetracycline (eg, minocycline) along with ferrous fumarate suspension, you may need to space the doses several hours apart. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how much time is needed between doses of ferrous fumarate suspension and your other medicines.
  • Do not take ferrous fumarate suspension within 1 hour before or 2 hours after antacids, eggs, whole grain breads or cereal, milk, milk products, coffee, or tea.
  • Take ferrous fumarate suspension with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking ferrous fumarate suspension.
  • Ferrous fumarate suspension may temporarily stain the teeth. Mixing ferrous fumarate suspension with water or fruit juice or drinking it through a straw may help to decrease this effect.
  • If you miss a dose of ferrous fumarate suspension, 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 ferrous fumarate suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or take ferrous fumarate suspension for longer than 6 months without checking with your doctor.
  • Ferrous fumarate suspension contains iron. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
  • LAB TESTS, including blood tests and iron levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use ferrous fumarate suspension with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • Ferrous fumarate suspension contains iron. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6 years of age. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using ferrous fumarate suspension during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using ferrous fumarate suspension, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of ferrous fumarate suspension:

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.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; 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; fever; vomiting with continuing sharp 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 difficulty breathing; loss of consciousness; seizures; severe nausea; stomach pain; tarry stools; unusual tiredness; vomiting; weak, fast heartbeat.

Proper storage of ferrous fumarate suspension:

Store ferrous fumarate suspension at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep ferrous fumarate suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about ferrous fumarate suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ferrous fumarate suspension 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 is a summary only. It does not contain all information about ferrous fumarate suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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