Folic acid/ iron/ vitamin c
Generic Name: folic acid/iron/vitamin c (FOE-lik AS-id/EYE-urn/VYE-ta-min C)
Brand Name: Examples include FoliTab 500 and Iron-C
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.
Folic acid/ iron/ vitamin c is used for:
Preventing and treating certain types of anemia (eg, caused by low blood iron levels, poor nutrition). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Folic acid/iron/vitamin c is a vitamin, folic acid, and iron combination. It works by providing vitamins, folic acid, and iron to the body.
Do NOT use folic acid/ iron/ vitamin c if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in folic acid/iron/vitamin c
- you have certain iron metabolism problems (eg, hemosiderosis, hemochromatosis) or 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.
Before using folic acid/ iron/ vitamin c:
Some medical conditions may interact with folic acid/iron/vitamin c. 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 pernicious anemia or a history of other blood problems (eg, porphyria, thalassemia)
- if you have a peptic ulcer or stomach or bowel problems (eg, ulcerative colitis)
- if you have glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase (G6PD), a bleeding problem, have had multiple blood transfusions, or are receiving dialysis
- if you have a history of seizures
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with folic acid/iron/vitamin c. 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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c
- Bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate), cephalosporins (eg, cefdinir), hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), levodopa, methyldopa, penicillamine, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin), tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by folic acid/iron/vitamin c
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if folic acid/iron/vitamin c 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 folic acid/ iron/ vitamin c:
Use folic acid/iron/vitamin c as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take folic acid/iron/vitamin c by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Do not take an antacid within 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take folic acid/iron/vitamin c.
- Avoid taking folic acid/iron/vitamin c with dairy products; they may interfere with the absorption of the iron in folic acid/iron/vitamin c.
- If you also take a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), a cephalosporin (eg, cefdinir), methyldopa, penicillamine, a quinolone (eg, ciprofloxacin), or a tetracycline (eg, doxycycline), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with folic acid/iron/vitamin c.
- If you miss a dose of folic acid/iron/vitamin c, 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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c.
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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c unless your doctor tells you to.
- Folic acid/iron/vitamin c has folic acid and iron in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it also has folic acid or iron in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Folic acid/iron/vitamin c 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.
- Some of these products contain phenylalanine. If you must have a diet that is low in phenylalanine, ask your pharmacist if it is in your product.
- Folic acid/iron/vitamin c 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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c.
- Lab tests, including hematocrit, hemoglobin levels, and blood iron levels, may be performed while you use folic acid/iron/vitamin c. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Folic acid/iron/vitamin c 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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c while you are pregnant. Folic acid/iron/vitamin c is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use folic acid/iron/vitamin c, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of folic acid/ iron/ vitamin c:
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; dark or green stools; diarrhea; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.
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.
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; fast heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; seizures; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain; sluggishness; vomiting blood; weakness.Proper storage of folic acid/iron/vitamin c:
Store folic acid/iron/vitamin c 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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about folic acid/iron/vitamin c, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Folic acid/iron/vitamin c 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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c 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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to folic acid/iron/vitamin c. 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 folic acid/iron/vitamin c.
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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