These supplements are used to treat low blood iron or anemia by helping the body make red blood cells.  You should not use this medicine if you have an allergic reaction to iron supplements.

Brand Name(s): Feosol®, Fer-In-Sol®, Slow-Fe®, Femiron®, Feostat®, Fergon®, Ferralet®, Ferra-TD®, Mol-Iron®, Niferex®, Hytinic®, Nu-Iron®.

How to use and store this medicine:

Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often.  Take with plenty of fluids to avoid the problem of constipation.  Store at room temperature and out of reach of children; too much iron can be very dangerous for them.

Tablets: Is best taken on an empty stomach, although it can be taken with food if upset stomach occurs.

Liquid: Is best taken on an empty stomach, although it can be taken with food if upset stomach occurs.  Iron may stain your teeth.  This problem can be avoided by mixing with water or other liquids (fruit or tomato juice) and drinking the medicine through a straw.  Stains can be removed by brushing with baking soda or peroxide.  Store this medicine at room temperature only, and avoid heat, direct light, or moisture.

If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as possible.  Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for the next regular dose.  You should never take two doses at a time.

Drugs and foods to avoid: Tell your doctor if you are taking any antibiotics or Vitamin E.  If you are taking ciprofloxacin or tetracycline, then take these medicines three hours before or two hours after the iron supplement.  You should not use the iron at the same time as antacids (such as Maalox® or Mylanta®).  You should not use iron at the same time as certain foods such as eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, coffee, tea, cereals, or whole-grain bread.

Warnings: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking iron.  Make sure your doctor knows if you have a hiatal hernia, stomach ulcers, intestinal ulcers, or bleeding problems.  Iron can cause dark stools.  This is normal.

Side Effects: Call your doctor right away if you have bloody diarrhea, severe vomiting, unexplained weakness, nausea, darkened urine, heartburn, constipation, or staining of the teeth.