Generic Name: heme iron polypeptide (HEEM I urn POL ee PEP tide)
Brand Name: Proferrin-ES
Medically reviewed on April 11, 2018.
What is Proferrin-ES?
Proferrin-ES is a type of iron. You normally get iron from the foods you eat. In your body, iron becomes a part of your hemoglobin (HEEM o glo bin) and myoglobin (MY o glo bin). Hemoglobin carries oxygen through your blood to tissues and organs. Myoglobin helps your muscle cells store oxygen.
Proferrin-ES is used to treat iron deficiency.
Proferrin-ES may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
An overdose of this medicine can be fatal, especially in a young child who has accidentally swallowed it.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Proferrin-ES if you are allergic to it, or if you have iron overload disorder (hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis).
Proferrin-ES is made from animal hemoglobin (part of the blood). You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to meat products or if you do not allow animal products in your diet.
To make sure Proferrin-ES is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
an intestinal disorder such as ulcerative colitis;
hemolytic anemia (caused by the breakdown of red blood cells); or
an iron overload disorder.
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.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
How should I take Proferrin-ES?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this medicine.
To be sure Proferrin-ES is helping your condition, you may need frequent blood tests. You may not notice any change in your symptoms, but your blood work will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with this medicine.
This medicine can cause you to have a false positive hemoccult test. If you provide a stool sample for testing, tell the laboratory staff that you are taking Proferrin-ES.
Proferrin-ES may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes a special diet. Follow the diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. Get familiar with the list of foods you should eat to help control your condition.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed 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 can be fatal, especially in a young child who has accidentally swallowed it.
Overdose symptoms may include stomach pain or vomiting.
What should I avoid while taking Proferrin-ES?
Do not take any vitamin or mineral supplements that your doctor has not prescribed or recommended.
Proferrin-ES side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Proferrin-ES may cause your urine or stools to turn a reddish-brown or dark color. This side effect is usually not harmful.
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.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Proferrin-ES?
Other drugs may interact with heme iron polypeptide, 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.
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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