Iron Supplements (Oral) (Liquid, Capsule) - DrugNote Iron Supplements (By mouth) Treats low blood iron or anemia by helping your body make red blood cells. Brand Name(s):Niferex (capsule), Ferplex (oral liquid)
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to iron
supplements, or if you have a condition called hemachromatosis (iron overload
disease) or hemosiderosis (iron in the lungs), or any type of anemia that is not caused
How to Use This Medicine:
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take
more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to. Carefully follow your
doctor's instructions about any special diet.
• It is best to take this medicine on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours
after a meal. Take the medicine with a full glass or water or fruit juice. If the
medicine upsets your stomach, you may take it with food.
• Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon or
• The oral liquid may stain your teeth. These stains can be prevented by mixing
the medicine with water or other liquids (such as fruit juice, tomato juice), and
drinking the medicine with a straw. To remove any iron stains, brush your
If a dose is missed:
• If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can.
If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and
• Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
• Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct
• Keep all medicine away from children, and never share your medicine with
Drugs and Foods to Avoid: Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
• Do not take iron supplements by mouth if you are also receiving iron
• Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using phenytoin (Dilantin®),
acetohydroxamic acid (Lithostat®), or antibiotics such as demeclocycline,
doxycycline (Vibramycin®), Cipro®, Levaquin®, minocycline, moxifloxacin
• Tell your doctor if you are using antacids (such as Maalox® or Mylanta®). • Avoid the following foods, or eat them in small amounts at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking your iron: eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, tea or coffee, whole-grain cereals, and breads. Warnings While Using This Medicine:
• Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you
have stomach or intestinal problems, an active infection, diabetes, porphyria,
• Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this
medicine. Iron may affect the results of certain medical tests.
• Iron can cause your stools to be darker in color. This is normal and is not a
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine: Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
• Bloody diarrhea • Bluish-colored lips, hands, or fingernails • Chest pain • Fever • Pale or clammy skin • Severe or continuing stomach cramps, vomiting (with or without blood) • Shallow breathing, weakness, weak but fast heartbeat
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
• Constipation, diarrhea, nausea • Dark-colored urine • Leg cramps
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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