Iron/ folic acid/ vitamin c/ vitamin b12

Generic Name: iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 (EYE-urn/FOE-lik AS-id/VYE-ta-min C/VYE-ta-min B)
Brand Name: Iron Complex

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.


Iron/ folic acid/ vitamin c/ vitamin b12 is used for:

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

Iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 is a vitamin and iron combination. It works by providing vitamins and iron to the body.

Do NOT use iron/ folic acid/ vitamin c/ vitamin b12 if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12
  • you have certain iron metabolism problems (eg, hemosiderosis, hemochromatosis) or 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 iron/ folic acid/ vitamin c/ vitamin b12:

Some medical conditions may interact with iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12. 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 (including soy)
  • if you have pernicious anemia or a history of other blood problems (eg, hemolytic anemia, porphyria, thalassemia)
  • if you have a peptic ulcer or bowel problems (eg, colitis, Crohn disease, diverticulitis)
  • if you have had multiple blood transfusions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Doxycycline, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), penicillamine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 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 iron/ folic acid/ vitamin c/ vitamin b12:

Use iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • If you also take an antacid, a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), cefdinir, eltrombopag, methyldopa, penicillamine, a quinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin), or a tetracycline (eg, doxycycline, minocycline), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12.
  • If you miss a dose of iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12, 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 iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) while you use iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 has iron, folic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin B12 in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it also has iron, folic acid, vitamin C, or vitamin B12 in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 has iron in it. Iron overdose is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years old. In case of an overdose, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 may darken the stools. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 may interfere with certain lab tests, including tests used to check for blood in the stool. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12.
  • Lab tests, including hematocrit, hemoglobin levels, and blood iron levels, may be performed while you use iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 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 iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 while you are pregnant. Iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of iron/ folic acid/ vitamin c/ vitamin b12:

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; dark or discolored 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, or bloody stools; severe or persistent stomach pain or cramping; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

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, or bloody stools; blue or unusually pale skin; drowsiness or dizziness; fainting; fast heartbeat; rapid breathing; seizures; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; sluggishness; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; weakness.

Proper storage of iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12:

Store iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 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 iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12 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 iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12. 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 iron/folic acid/vitamin c/vitamin b12.

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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