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.
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).
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.
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