Generic name: Polysaccharide-Iron Complex, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid (pol i SAK a ride-EYE ern KOM pleks, VYE ta min bee twelve & FOE lik AS id)
Brand name: BiferaRx, IFerex 150 Forte, Irofol, Myferon 150 Forte, Poly-Iron 150 Forte
Drug class: Iron products, Vitamin and mineral combinations
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 2, 2021.
- Accidental overdose of drugs that have iron in them is a leading cause of deadly poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. Keep away from children. If Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid) is taken by accident, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
The Irofol brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. If generic versions of this product have been approved by the FDA, there may be generic equivalents available.
Uses of Irofol:
- It is used to prevent or treat anemia.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Irofol?
- If you are allergic to Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid); any part of Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Anemia from a cause other than low iron stores, too much iron in your body, or thalassemia.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Irofol?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine prevents many other drugs from getting into the body. If you take other drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take them at some other time than Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid).
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid).
- If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Irofol) best taken?
Use Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Stomach cramps.
What are some other side effects of Irofol?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Stomach pain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
- Change in color of stool to green.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Irofol?
- Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Irofol (polysaccharide-iron complex, vitamin B12, and folic acid), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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