heme iron polypeptide - oral, Proferrin (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to cow products; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This product should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: iron overload disorder (e.g., hemochromatosis).If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: other types of anemia (e.g., hemolytic), repeated blood transfusions, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., ulcer, colitis).This product is made from the red blood cells of cows. If you prefer not to use products made from animal sources, consult your doctor about other iron-containing products.Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this product.Iron passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: If you are taking this medication under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist firstBefore using heme iron polypeptide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you use any of the following products: antacids, methyldopa, other iron-containing products (e.g., multivitamins).Iron supplements can decrease the absorption of drugs such as tetracycline antibiotics (e.g., doxycycline, minocycline), penicillamine, bisphosphonates (e.g., alendronate), cefdinir, chloramphenicol, levothyroxine, levodopa, and quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin). Therefore, separate your doses of these medications as far as possible from your doses of iron. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how long you should wait between doses and for help finding a dosing schedule that will work with all your medications.This product may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including testing for blood in stool), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014

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