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Poly Iron

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

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jul 30, 2018 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is Poly Iron?

Poly Iron 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.

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

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

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

Important Information

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

You should not take Poly Iron 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 Poly Iron 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 Poly Iron?

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

Take Poly Iron on an empty stomach for best results. If stomach upset occurs, take this medicine 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 Poly Iron 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?

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

Poly Iron 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.

What other drugs will affect Poly Iron?

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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