What is polysaccharide iron complex? What is its (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.

Polysaccharide iron complex is available in generic form and is available over-the-counter (OTC). without a prescription.

What is polysaccharide iron complex used for?

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What are the side effects of polysaccharide iron complex?

Common side effects of polysaccharide iron complex are:

What is the dosage for polysaccharide iron complex?

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.

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Is polysaccharide iron complex safe to take if you are 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 you know about polysaccharide iron complex?

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).

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Summary

Polysaccharide iron complex (Iferex 150, Ferrex 150, Niferex 150) is a prescription medication used to prevent or treat anemia. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, storage, and pregnancy safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.

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Medically reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP. FDA Prescribing Information.
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