Multivitamins with folic acid/ iron

Generic Name: multivitamins with folic acid/iron (muhl-tee-VYE-ta-mins/FOE-lik AS-id/EYE-urn)
Brand Name: Examples include Ferocon and TL Icon

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 a doctor or poison control center right away.


Multivitamins with folic acid/ iron is used for:

Treating or preventing low levels of vitamins, folic acid, and iron in the body. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Multivitamins with folic acid/iron is a vitamin, folic acid, and iron supplement. It works by providing extra vitamins, folic acid, and iron to the body when you need more than what you get in your diet.

Do NOT use multivitamins with folic acid/ iron if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in multivitamins with folic acid/iron
  • 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 multivitamins with folic acid/ iron:

Some medical conditions may interact with multivitamins with folic acid/iron. 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 bowel problems (eg, colitis, Crohn disease, diverticulitis), certain blood disorders (eg, hemolytic or pernicious anemia, porphyria cutanea tarda, thalassemia), glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, or a peptic ulcer
  • if you have had multiple blood transfusions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with multivitamins with folic acid/iron. 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 multivitamins with folic acid/iron
  • Cephalosporin antibiotics (eg, cephalexin), eltrombopag, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), methyldopa, mycophenolate, penicillamine, quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin), tetracycline antibiotics (eg, doxycycline), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by multivitamins with folic acid/iron

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

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

  • Take multivitamins with folic acid/iron by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Take multivitamins with folic acid/iron with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
  • Do not take an antacid within 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take multivitamins with folic acid/iron.
  • Avoid taking multivitamins with folic acid/iron with dairy products; they may interfere with the absorption of the iron in multivitamins with folic acid/iron.
  • If you miss a dose of multivitamins with folic acid/iron, 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 multivitamins with folic acid/iron.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take large doses of vitamins while you use multivitamins with folic acid/iron unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Multivitamins with folic acid/iron may discolor the stools. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
  • Multivitamins with folic acid/iron 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.
  • Multivitamins with folic acid/iron has folic acid and iron in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has folic acid or iron in it too. If it does not or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using multivitamins with folic acid/iron while you are pregnant. It is not known if multivitamins with folic acid/iron is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use multivitamins with folic acid/iron, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of multivitamins with folic acid/ iron:

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 stools; blood in the vomit; persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; stomach pain or cramping.

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; blood in the vomit; diarrhea; headache; nausea; vomiting.

Proper storage of multivitamins with folic acid/iron:

Store multivitamins with folic acid/iron 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 multivitamins with folic acid/iron out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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