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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.


(heem iron poly-PEP-tide/FOE-lick acid)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Proferrin-Forte

WARNING: This product contains iron which is a major cause of death due to poisoning in children less than 6 years of age. Keep this medicine out of the reach of children. If an overdose occurs, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately (see Overdose section).


Heme iron polypeptide is a form of iron supplement. It is used to treat or prevent iron deficiency anemia (low red blood cell count). Certain medical conditions may increase the risk of iron deficiency (e.g., pregnancy, certain surgery, chemotherapy, kidney failure). It is typically used in people who cannot absorb or tolerate regular iron products (e.g., ferrous sulfate). Folic acid is a B-vitamin used to treat certain anemias due to poor diet, pregnancy, and other conditions.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth usually once or twice daily with or without meals; or as directed by your doctor. Take this medication with a full glass (8 oz or 240 ml) of water, unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication. The dosage depends on your medical condition and response to therapy.

Side Effects

An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice any unusual effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: iron metabolism disorders (hemochromatosis), other types of anemia (e.g., pernicious anemia), any allergies (especially to meat products). This product is made from the red blood cells of steers (bovine). If you prefer not to use products made from animal sources, consult your doctor regarding other iron-containing products. This medication is safe to use during pregnancy when taken as directed by your doctor. It is not known whether the iron component of this medication passes into breast milk. Folic acid passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: other iron-containing products (e.g., multivitamins), phenytoin. This product can affect the results of certain lab tests (e.g., testing for blood in stools). Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this drug. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: vomiting, severe stomach upset.


Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.