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Iron & C
Iron/vit C Oral Tab/caps


Iron is an important mineral used by red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) improves the absorption of iron from the stomach. Iron & C is used as a dietary supplement to prevent or treat iron deficiency anemia.

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iron & C
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Uses
Iron is an important mineral used by red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) improves the absorption of iron from the stomach. Iron & C is used as a dietary supplement to prevent or treat iron deficiency anemia.


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


Overdose
  • Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6.
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

How To Use
  • Iron & C is usually taken once a day as directed.
  • Do not exceed recommended dosage.
  • Iron & C is best taken on an empty stomach, but may be taken with meals if stomach upset occurs.
  • Take with a full glass (8 oz or 240 ml) of water unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
  • Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Iron & C.

Side Effects
  • Most people can take Iron & C with minimal or no side effects.
  • Stomach upset may occur.
  • Stools may appear darker in color due to the iron.
  • Do not be alarmed.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Do not take ferrous sulfate (iron) without consulting a doctor if you have: ulcers, colitis, intestinal disease.
  • Iron & C should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • Iron & C is excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Take the missed dose as soon as you remember; do not take if it is almost 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 all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: chloramphenicol, penicillamine, methyldopa, levodopa, cimetidine, quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin).
  • Avoid taking iron at the same time as antacids or tetracycline antibiotics.
  • Wait at least two hours between taking iron and an antacid or tetracycline.
  • Eggs and milk decrease iron absorption.
  • Coffee and tea that is drunk with a meal or 1 hour after a meal may also decrease iron absorption.
  • Because ferrous sulfate can cause false results in tests for blood in the stools, tell the doctor or laboratory personnel that you take ferrous sulfate.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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