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FERRAGEN
IRON/VITAMIN C/VITAMIN B12/STOMACH CONCENTRATE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

IRON/VITAMIN C/VITAMIN B12/STOMACH CONCENTRATE - ORAL

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Chromagen, Ferragen

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6 years of age. Keep this product out of reach of children. If an accidental overdose does occur, seek immediate medical attention or call a poison control center.

Uses

Iron is the major transporter of oxygen in the body. Vitamin C helps the body absorb the iron. Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12) is important to the body for growth, cell production, blood and nerve function. Stomach concentrate enhances the absorption of Vitamin B12. This combination medication is used in the treatment of anemia or "iron-poor" blood.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth as directed. This medication contains iron. This medication is best taken between meals for better absorption of the iron. However, it may be taken with food or a meal if stomach upset occurs. Take each dose with a full glass (8 oz or 240 ml) of water unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Swallow it whole. Do not crush or chew the drug. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication. Do not exceed recommended dosage.

Side Effects

This medication is generally well tolerated. Constipation or stomach upset may occur. Notify your doctor if you develop: vomiting, stomach cramps, skin rash. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other illnesses, allergies (especially drug allergies). Ingestion of alcohol may increase the chance of stomach upset.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, especially of: all vitamin products, antacids, antibiotics. Avoid taking any tetracycline antibiotic within 1 to 2 hours of taking this because the iron component may interfere with the absorption of the tetracycline. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Blood tests may be done to check your response to this medication. It is important to maintain a well balanced diet to ensure adequate intake of vitamins and minerals.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep out of the reach of children.