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- What is polysaccharide iron complex-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
- Is polysaccharide iron complex-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
- What are the side effects of polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
- What is the dosage for polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
- Is polysaccharide iron complex-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
What is polysaccharide iron complex-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
What brand names are available for polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
Iferex 150, Ferrex 150, Niferex 150.
What is the dosage for polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
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.
Which drugs or supplements interact with polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
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.
Is polysaccharide iron complex-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
The FDA classifies polysaccharide iron complex in pregnancy category A, which means that polysaccharide iron complex can be safely and effectively used in pregnant females without any risks to the unborn.
It is not known whether polysaccharide iron complex enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.
What else should I know about polysaccharide iron complex-oral?
What preparations of polysaccharide iron complex-oral are available?
Capsule: 150 mg
How should I keep polysaccharide iron complex-oral stored?
Polysaccharide iron complex capsules should be stored between 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).
Medically reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
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