Common brand names: Niferex® 150 Forte, Niferex®, Nu-Iron
Why is iron polysaccharide prescribed?
- Iron polysaccharide is a mineral supplement used to treat iron deficiency anemia.
- By adding much-needed iron, this drug is able to stimulate the production of hemoglobin—the oxygen-carrying part of the red blood cell.
How and when should iron polysaccharide be taken?
- Follow your health care provider’s instructions carefully.
- Iron polysaccharide is best taken on an empty stomach, with water or fruit juice, at least on hour before or two hours after a meal.
- However, to reduce the chance of an upset stomach, it may be taken with food immediately after meals.
- Take the drug with a full glass of water, and do not crush or chew if taking the tablet form.
What special instructions should I follow while using this drug?
- Some foods and beverages—including coffee, tea, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, spinach, and whole-grain breads and cereals—may prevent the complete absorption of iron. It may help to avoid these foods or consume only small amounts for at least 1 hour before and 2 hours after taking iron polysaccharide.
- Do not take iron polysaccharide and antacids or calcium supplements at the same time. Antacids and calcium may prevent you from getting the full benefit of the medication.
- Iron polysaccharide may interact with some drugs, including certain antibiotics. Talk to your health care provider and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications while taking iron polysaccharide.
- Keep this medication out of the reach of children. An accidental overdose of iron by a child can be fatal.
What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
- If you miss a dose of iron polysaccharide, skip the missed dose and return to your regular medication schedule.
- Do not take two doses at once.
How should this drug be stored?
- Store this medication at room temperature.
- Keep it away from excess moisture and heat, as well as direct sunlight.
- Do not store this medication in the bathroom, and do not freeze the liquid form of iron polysaccharide.
What are the common side effects of this drug?
- Iron polysaccharide may cause certain side effects, which may diminish as your body adjusts to the medication. Possible side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
- If these symptoms continue or become bothersome, check with your physician. Black stools are also a common and harmless side effect if the medication is taken orally.
When should I call my health care provider?
- Contact your health care provider as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Abdominal cramping or soreness
- Sharp stomach pains
- Sticky black stools with red streaks
- If you notice any other side effects not listed above, contact your physician or nurse.
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