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Ed Cyte F

Generic name: ferrous fumarate and folic acidFER-us-FUE-ma-rate-and-FOE-lik-AS-id ]
Brand names: Hematinic with Folic Acid, Hemocyte-F, Ed Cyte F
Drug classes: Iron products, Vitamin and mineral combinations

Medically reviewed by on Aug 16, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Ed Cyte F?

Ferrous fumarate is a type of iron. Folic acid (folate) is a type of vitamin B. Iron and vitamin B help your body produce and maintain healthy red blood cells.

Ed Cyte F is a combination medicine used to treat or prevent certain types of anemia (low red blood cells) caused by an iron or folate deficiency.

Ed Cyte F may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Ed Cyte F side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Ed Cyte F may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

Common side effects of Ed Cyte F may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Seek emergency medical attention if a child has accidentally swallowed a tablet. An overdose of iron can be fatal to a young child.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Ed Cyte F if you are allergic to ferrous fumarate or folic acid, or if you have:

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You may need special tests before using this medicine during pregnancy.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

How should I take Ed Cyte F?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Take your doses at regular intervals to keep a steady amount of the drug in your body at all times.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

Avoid lying down for at least 10 minutes after taking the tablet.

You may take this medicine with food if it upsets your stomach.

You may need to follow a special diet while using Ed Cyte F. Follow all instructions of your doctor or dietitian. Learn about the foods to eat or avoid to help control your condition.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Get emergency medical help if a child has accidentally swallowed a tablet. An overdose of iron can be fatal to a young child.

Overdose symptoms may include vomiting, severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, shallow breathing, weak and rapid pulse, pale skin, blue lips, and seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking Ed Cyte F?

Certain foods can make it harder for your body to absorb Ed Cyte F. For at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take this medicine:

Do not take any vitamin or mineral supplements that your doctor has not prescribed.

What other drugs will affect Ed Cyte F?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective. If you take any of the following medicines, take them separately (2 to 4 hours apart) from your dose of ferrous fumarate and folic acid:

Other drugs may affect Ed Cyte F, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

More about Ed Cyte F (ferrous fumarate/folic acid)

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Other brands

Hematinic with Folic Acid, Hemocyte-F

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Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.