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Iron with C
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This medication is an iron supplement used to treat or prevent low blood levels of iron (e.g., for anemia or during pregnancy). Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) improves the absorption of iron from the stomach.

 
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Iron with C

Uses
This medication is an iron supplement used to treat or prevent low blood levels of iron (e.g., for anemia or during pregnancy). Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) improves the absorption of iron from the stomach.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., complete blood count) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.There are many iron supplement products available.
  • Some can be purchased without a prescription.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.This medication is not a substitute for a proper diet.
  • It is important to maintain a well-balanced diet.
  • Foods rich in iron include beans, nuts, asparagus, oatmeal, red meat, dried peaches, and pork liver.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor.This medication is best taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
  • If stomach upset occurs, you may take this medication with food.
  • Avoid taking antacids, dairy products, tea, or coffee within 2 hours before or after this medication because they will decrease its effectiveness.Take with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
  • Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

Side Effects
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or upset stomach may occur.
  • These effects are usually temporary and may disappear as your body adjusts to this medication.If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Iron may cause your stools to turn black, which is not harmful.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medication, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain metabolic disorders (e.g., hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis).Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: use/abuse of alcohol, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., ulcers, colitis).If your particular brand of iron supplement also contains folic acid, be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have vitamin B12 deficiency (pernicious anemia) before taking it.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially: certain anti-seizure drugs (e.g., phenytoin), chloramphenicol, levodopa, methyldopa, penicillamine, quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin), thyroid drugs (e.g., levothyroxine).Avoid taking this medication at the same time as antacids or tetracycline antibiotics.
  • Wait at least 2 hours between taking this medication and an antacid or tetracycline.This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (tests for blood in the stools), possibly causing false test results.
  • Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

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