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Ferro-DSS



USES: Iron, an essential mineral, is the major transporter of oxygen in the body. It is used to prevent or treat anemia or "iron-poor" blood. A stool softener is added to help prevent constipation caused by the iron.

 
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Ferro-DSS

Uses
Iron, an essential mineral, is the major transporter of oxygen in the body. It is used to prevent or treat anemia or "iron-poor" blood. A stool softener is added to help prevent constipation caused by the iron.
Notes
  • Periodic blood tests may be done to check your response to this medication.
  • It is important to maintain a well balanced diet to ensure adequate intake of iron, vitamins and minerals.
  • Good sources of iron include meats especially liver, eggs, raisins, figs, broccoli, brussels sprouts, beans, lentils and iron fortified or enriched cereals.

Storage
  • Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.


How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth as directed.
  • It is best taken on an empty stomach with a full glass of water.
  • However, if stomach upset occurs, this may be taken with or just after a meal.
  • Swallow medication whole.
  • Do not crush or chew the drug.
  • Do not exceed recommended dosage.

Side Effects
  • This medication is generally well tolerated.
  • Constipation, diarrhea, dark stools, nausea or stomach upset may occur.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience vomiting, stomach cramps, skin rash or extreme weakness while taking this drug.
  • In order to prevent constipation, increase the amount of fiber in your diet by eating more bran, fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Also drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day and exercise regularly.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor if you have any illnesses or any allergies.
  • Accidental overdose of iron-containing products can be very dangerous and even fatal.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • If overdose occurs, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
  • This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is unknown if this medication is found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially any vitamin products, antacids or antibiotics.
  • Avoid taking any oral tetracycline antibiotic within 1 to 2 hours of taking this since the iron component may interfere with the absorption of tetracycline.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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