Generic Name: iron/vitamin c/folic acid (EYE-urn/VYE-ta-min C/FOE-lik AS-id)
Brand Name: NovaFerrum
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/vitamin c/folic acid is used for:
Preventing and treating anemia caused by low levels of iron in the body (iron deficiency anemia). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Iron/vitamin c/folic acid is a vitamin, iron, and folic acid combination. It works by providing vitamins, iron, and folic acid to the body to help meet nutritional requirements.
Do NOT use iron/vitamin c/folic acid if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in iron/vitamin c/folic acid
- you have high levels of iron in your body (eg, hemosiderosis, hemochromatosis) or you have a certain type of anemia (hemolytic anemia)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using iron/vitamin c/folic acid:
Some medical conditions may interact with iron/vitamin c/folic acid. 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, pernicious anemia, megaloblastic anemia)
- if you have stomach or bowel problems (eg, inflammation, Crohn disease, ulcer), metabolism problems, porphyria, or a blood disease (eg, thalassemia)
- if you have had multiple blood transfusions
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with iron/vitamin c/folic acid. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Fluorouracil because the risk of its side effects may be increased by iron/vitamin c/folic acid
- Doxycycline, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), mycophenolate, penicillamine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by iron/vitamin c/folic acid
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if iron/vitamin c/folic acid 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/vitamin c/folic acid:
Use iron/vitamin c/folic acid as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take iron/vitamin c/folic acid by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
- Do not take an antacid within 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take iron/vitamin c/folic acid.
- Avoid taking iron/vitamin c/folic acid with dairy products because they may interfere with the absorption of the iron in iron/vitamin c/folic acid.
- Many medicines (eg, used for infection, blood pressure, immune system suppression, low blood platelets, osteoporosis, thyroid problems) should not be taken at the same time as iron/vitamin c/folic acid because their effectiveness may be decreased. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if your dose of iron/vitamin c/folic acid should be separated from your dose of any of your other medicines.
- Taking iron/vitamin c/folic acid at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- Take iron/vitamin c/folic acid on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
- If you miss a dose of iron/vitamin c/folic acid, 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/vitamin c/folic acid.
Important safety information:
- Iron/vitamin c/folic acid 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.
- 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 use iron/vitamin c/folic acid unless your doctor tells you to.
- Iron/vitamin c/folic acid may cause your stools to darken. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
- Iron/vitamin c/folic acid 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 iron/vitamin c/folic acid.
- Lab tests, including complete blood cell counts and iron levels, may be performed while you use iron/vitamin c/folic acid. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Iron/vitamin c/folic acid 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/vitamin c/folic acid while you are pregnant. Iron/vitamin c/folic acid is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use iron/vitamin c/folic acid, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of iron/vitamin c/folic acid:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Constipation; darkened stools; diarrhea; mild stomach pain; nausea; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, bloody, or tarry stools; 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 iron/vitamin c/folic acid:
Store iron/vitamin c/folic acid in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any unused medicine after 30 days. Keep iron/vitamin c/folic acid out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about iron/vitamin c/folic acid, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Iron/vitamin c/folic acid 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/vitamin c/folic acid 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/vitamin c/folic acid. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to iron/vitamin c/folic acid. 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/vitamin c/folic acid.
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.