Feratab Generic Name: Ferrous Sulfate
(FER-us SULL-fate)Brand Name:
Examples include Feosol and Feratab
Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
Feratab is used for:
Preventing or treating low levels of iron in the blood. It also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Feratab is an essential body mineral. It works by replacing iron in your body if your body does not produce enough on its own.
Do NOT use Feratab if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Feratab
- you have high levels of iron in your blood
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Feratab :
Some medical conditions may interact with Feratab . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have inflammation of the intestines, Crohn disease, digestive problems, ulcers, anemia, or a blood disease (eg, porphyria, thalassemia)
- if you have had multiple blood transfusions
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Feratab . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Doxycycline, mycophenolate, penicillamine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Feratab
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Feratab may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Feratab :
Use Feratab as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Feratab by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Swallow Feratab whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
- Take Feratab with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Feratab .
- If you are also taking a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), cephalosporin (eg, cephalexin), methyldopa, penicillamine, quinolone (eg, ciprofloxacin), or tetracycline (eg, minocycline) along with Feratab , you may need to space the doses several hours apart. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how much time is needed between doses of Feratab and your other medicines.
- Do not take Feratab within 1 hour before or 2 hours after antacids, eggs, whole grain breads or cereal, milk, milk products, coffee, or tea.
- If you miss a dose of Feratab , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Feratab .
Important safety information:
- Do not take large doses of vitamins while you use Feratab unless your doctor tells you to.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or take for longer than 6 months without checking with your doctor.
- Feratab has iron in it. Iron overdose is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. In case of an overdose, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- Lab tests, including complete blood cell counts and blood iron levels, may be performed while you use Feratab . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Feratab should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Feratab while you are pregnant. Feratab is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Feratab , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Feratab :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Constipation; darkened or green stools; diarrhea; nausea; stomach upset.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; blood or streaks of blood in the stool; fever; vomiting with continuing sharp stomach pain.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch .
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness; difficulty breathing; seizures; severe nausea; stomach pain; tarry stools; unusual tiredness; vomiting; weak, fast heartbeat.Proper storage of Feratab :
Store Feratab at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Feratab out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Feratab , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Feratab is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Feratab . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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