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Generic name: iron polysaccharideI-urn-POL-lee-SAK-ah-ride ]
Brand names: Ezfe, Ferrex-150, Hematex, NovaFerrum 50, NovaFerrum Pediatric, ... show all 8 brands
Drug class: Iron products

Medically reviewed by on Dec 25, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Hematex?

Hematex 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.

Hematex is used to prevent and to treat iron deficiencies and iron deficiency anemia.

Hematex is not for use as a general dietary supplement in people with normal iron levels.

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

Hematex 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.

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

Common side effects of Hematex 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.


You should not take Hematex if you have hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis, or hemolytic anemia.

Keep Hematex out of the reach of children. An accidental overdose of iron by a child can be fatal.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take Hematex if you have:

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

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.

How should I take Hematex?

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

Take Hematex on an empty stomach for best results. If stomach upset occurs, take the medicine with food or after a meal.

Measure liquid medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.

You will need frequent medical tests.

Do not use Hematex to treat iron deficiency anemia without your doctor's advice. Every person with anemia should remain under the care of a doctor.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Keep this medicine out of the reach of children. An accidental overdose of iron can be fatal to a child.

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 overdose of Hematex can be fatal, especially to a child.

Overdose symptoms may include decreased energy, fever, vomiting, stomach pain, tarry stools, weak pulse, fast heart rate, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking iron polysaccharide?

For at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take Hematex, avoid:

What other drugs will affect Hematex?

Some medicines can make Hematex much less effective when taken at the same time. If you take any of the following medicines, take your this medicine dose 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take the other medicine:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Hematex, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

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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.