polysaccharide iron complex, Iferex 150, Ferrex 150, Niferex 150

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: polysaccharide iron complex

BRAND NAME: Iferex 150, Ferrex 150, Niferex 150.

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Polysaccharide iron complex is an iron containing drug used to improve low iron levels. Iron is an essential nutrient. It is a component of hemoglobin in red blood cells and myoglobin in muscle cells, proteins that are used to transport oxygen. Iron also is part of several essential enzymes, for example, cytochromes, which are involved in electron transport. Iron deficiency causes anemia.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Capsule: 150 mg

STORAGE: Polysaccharide iron complex capsules should be stored between 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Polysaccharide iron complex is used for prevention and treatment of iron deficiency anemia and nutritional megaloblastic anemia.

DOSING: The recommended daily dose for adults is one to two capsules by mouth daily or as directed by doctor.

A doctor should be consulted before polysaccharide iron complex is used in children.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Polysaccharide iron complex should be used with caution with medications like ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), minocycline (Minocin), doxycycline (Vibramycin), levothyroxine (Synthroid), ibandronate (Boniva), and alendronate, (Fosamax). Polysaccharide iron complex can slow down the absorption of such medications and may reduce their therapeutic effects.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/3/2014
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