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Ferretts IPS

Generic name: iron protein succinylateEYE-urn-PRO-teen-suk-SIN-il-ate ]
Drug class: Iron products

Medically reviewed by on Feb 13, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Ferretts IPS?

Ferretts IPS is a form of the mineral iron. Iron is important for many functions in the body, especially for the transport of oxygen in the blood.

Ferretts IPS is used to treat iron deficiency anemia (a lack of red blood cells caused by having too little iron in the body).

Ferretts IPS may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Ferretts IPS 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.

Ferretts IPS may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • unusual weakness, tiredness, or drowsiness;

  • fast, slow, or irregular heart rate;

  • bloody or black stools;

  • pale or clammy skin;

  • blue discoloration of your lips, nails, or the palms of your hands;

  • a seizure;

  • stomach pain, vomiting; or

  • trouble swallowing.

Common side effects of Ferretts IPS 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.


Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Ferretts IPS without medical advice.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have ever had:

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

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I take Ferretts IPS?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Taking Ferretts IPS long-term or at high doses can cause excess iron to build-up in the body.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

You may take this medicine with food.

If desired, mix Ferretts IPS with water or fruit juice. Use a straw to drink the mixture, to avoid getting this medicine on your teeth.

When giving this medicine to a baby, you may mix the liquid with a small amount of infant formula for bottle-feeding.

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

Liquid iron medicine can cause temporary staining of your teeth. You may be able to reduce staining by brushing your teeth with baking soda. Ask your doctor about how to treat tooth stains in a child.

You will need frequent medical tests.

It may take up to 3 to 6 months before you receive the full benefit of taking Ferretts IPS. Your doctor will determine how long to treat you with this medicine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Do not stop taking this medicine without your doctor's advice.

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. An accidental iron overdose can be fatal to a child younger than 6 years old.

What should I avoid while taking Ferretts IPS?

Do not share Ferretts IPS with another person.

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

What other drugs will affect Ferretts IPS?

If you take an antacid, take your Ferretts IPS dose 2 hours before you take the antacid.

Other drugs may affect Ferretts IPS, 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.

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.