GENERIC NAME: HEME IRON POLYPEPTIDE - ORAL (heem EYE-urn POL-ee-PEP-tide)
BRAND NAME(S): Proferrin
WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years. Keep this product out of reach of children. If overdose does occur, seek immediate medical attention or call a poison control center. See also Overdose section.
USES: This product is an iron supplement used to prevent or treat low levels of iron in the blood (e.g., due to anemia or during pregnancy). Iron is an important mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells and keep you in good health.
HOW TO USE: Take this product by mouth with or without food as directed. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Take this product with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for 10 minutes after taking this product.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Use this product regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
SIDE EFFECTS: Constipation, diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach and stomach/abdominal cramping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Iron may cause your stools to turn black, an effect that is not harmful.If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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