Generic Name: ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide (as KORE bik AS id and EYE urn SAK a ride)Brand names: Fe-Tinic 150, Ferrex 150 Plus, Niferex-150, Niferex-150 (obsolete1), Rexavite 150
Ascorbic acid is found in citrus fruit, tomatoes, potatoes, and leafy vegetables. Ascorbic acid is important for the skin and connective tissues, for normal chemical and hormonal production, and for the immune system.
Iron polysaccharide is a form of the mineral iron. Iron is important for many functions in the body, especially for the transport of oxygen in the blood.
Ascorbic acid is used to treat and prevent vitamin C deficiency.
Iron polysaccharide is used as a dietary supplement, and to prevent and to treat iron deficiencies and iron deficiency anemia.
Ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide?Do not take more ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide than is prescribed for you or than is directed on the package. Keep this product out of reach of children. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
Ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide may decrease the absorption of other medicines. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide if you take any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide?
If you do not have an iron deficiency, talk to your doctor about the use of ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide. Generally, ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide should not be taken chronically by individuals with a normal iron balance.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication. Before you take ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide, tell your doctor if you have:
kidney disease or an increased risk of kidney stones;
if you are on a sodium restricted diet; or
if you are allergic to sulfites or tartrazine.
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide may decrease the absorption of other medicines. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide if you take any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide.Store ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
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Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose can cause decreased energy, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, tarry stools, weak or rapid pulse, fever, or seizure (convulsions).
levodopa (Larodopa, Dopar, Sinemet);
levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl, others);
antacids (Amphojel, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, Rulox, Tums, and others);
a tetracycline antibiotic such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap); or
an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), and others.
Ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide may decrease the absorption of the drugs listed above.
severe lower back pain;
painful or difficult urination;
blood in your urine; or
black or dark stools.
Less serious side effects may include:
nausea or vomiting;
temporary staining of the teeth.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Usual Adult Dose for Dietary Supplement:
Dose: 1 or 2 capsules daily of the ascorbic acid 50 mg and iron polysaccharide 150 mg capsules
Talk to your doctor before taking ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide if you are taking any of the following medicines
a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).
an estrogen such as Premarin, Ogen, Estratest, Vivelle, Climara, Estring, Estrace, and others; or
an oral birth control pill such as Alesse, Levlen, Ovral, Triphasil, Tri-Levlen, Lo-Ovral, and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with ascorbic acid and iron polysaccharide. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.