Medically reviewed on March 15, 2017
What is Icar?
Icar is an iron replacement product. You normally get iron from the foods you eat. Iron helps your body produce red blood cells that carry oxygen through your blood to tissues and organs.
Icar is used to treat or prevent iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia.
Icar may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Keep Icar out of the reach of children. An accidental overdose of carbonyl iron can be fatal to a child.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Icar if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
hemolytic anemia; or
anemia that is not caused by iron deficiency.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you do not have an iron deficiency. Icar is generally not for use by people who have a normal iron balance.
Icar tablets may contain milk. Tell your doctor if you have lactose intolerance or a milk allergy.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are nursing.
Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy or while you are breast-feeding.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 without medical advice.
How should I take Icar?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Icar may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach.
The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
If you need a blood transfusion, tell your caregivers that you are using Icar.
Do not take Icar for longer than 6 months without your doctor's advice.
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 missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time to take next dose, skip the dose you missed and take the next regularly scheduled dose as directed. Do not take a double dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Icar can be fatal, especially to a child.
Overdose symptoms may include diarrhea, bloody or tarry stools, fever, vomiting, severe stomach pain, pale skin, blue lips or fingernails, weak but rapid pulse, shallow breathing, and seizure (convulsions).
What should I avoid while taking carbonyl iron?
Avoid taking Icar within 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take other medicines. This medicine can make it harder for your body to absorb other medicines.
Icar 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.
Common side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
tooth discoloration; or
dark-colored bowel movements.
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.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Icar?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Icar if you are also using any of the following drugs:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with carbonyl iron, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
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.
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