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Iron polysaccharide

Generic Name: iron polysaccharide (I urn POL lee SAK ah ride)
Brand Name: Ezfe, Ferrex-150, Ferus Pic-150, Iferex 150, Niferex Elixir, NovaFerrum 50, Nu-Iron 150, Poly Iron, ProFe, ...show all 17 brand names

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jul 30, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is iron polysaccharide?

Iron polysaccharide 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.

Iron polysaccharide is used to prevent and to treat iron deficiencies and iron deficiency anemia.

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

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

Important Information

Iron polysaccharide is used as a dietary supplement, and to prevent and to treat iron deficiencies and iron deficiency anemia.

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

Keep this medication 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 iron polysaccharide if you have:

  • hemochromatosis;

  • hemosiderosis; or

  • hemolytic anemia.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you become pregnant during treatment. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Your dose needs may be different while you are nursing.

How should I take iron polysaccharide?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take iron polysaccharide in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take iron polysaccharide on an empty stomach for best results. If stomach upset occurs, take iron polysaccharide with food or following a meal.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Mix the liquid with water, juice, or another beverage as directed and drink the mixture through a straw to prevent staining of the teeth.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of iron polysaccharide can be fatal, especially to a child.

Symptoms of a iron overdose 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?

iron polysaccharide can make it harder for your body to absorb certain drugs. Avoid taking other medicines within 2 hours before or after you take iron polysaccharide, especially an antibiotic or thyroid medication.

Iron polysaccharide side effects

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

Common side effects 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.

Iron polysaccharide dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation:

50 mg elemental iron oral capsules: 1 capsule orally once a day


US Recommended Dietary Intake (RDA) for elemental iron:
Male, 18 years: 11 mg daily
Male, 19 years and older: 8 mg daily

Female, 18 years: 15 mg daily
Female, 19 to 50 years: 18 mg daily
Female, 51 years and older: 8 mg daily

Tolerable Upper Intake Level (all genders): 45 mg

Comments:
-Recommended dietary allowances for vegetarians are 1.8 times higher than for meat eaters, as iron from meat is more bioavailable than from plant-based foods.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation:

15 mg elemental iron/mL:
4 years and younger: 15 mg (1 mL) orally once a day

50 mg elemental iron oral capsules:
12 years and older: 1 capsule orally once a day


US Recommended Dietary Intake (RDA) for elemental iron:
0 to 6 months (adequate intake): 0.27 mg per day
7 to 12 months: 11 mg per day
1 to 3 years: 7 mg per day
4 to 8 years: 10 mg per day
9 to 13 years: 8 mg per day
14 to 18 years, male: 11 mg per day
14 to 18 years, female: 15 mg per day

Tolerable Upper Intake Level (all genders), up to 13 years: 40 mg
Tolerable Upper Intake Level (all genders), 14 years and older: 45 mg

Comments:
-Recommended dietary allowances for vegetarians are 1.8 times higher than for meat eaters, as iron from meat is more bioavailable than from plant-based foods.

What other drugs will affect iron polysaccharide?

Other drugs may interact with iron polysaccharide, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now 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.

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