Fer-Iron Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Use iron supplements only as directed by your health care professional. You will need important blood work while you are taking this medicine. It may take 3 to 6 months of therapy to treat low iron levels. Pregnant women should follow the dose and length of iron treatment as directed by their doctors.
Do not use iron longer than prescribed, and do not take a higher dose than recommended. Long-term use may cause excess iron to build-up in the body.
Do not take iron with antacids. If you need to take an antacid, take it 2 hours after a dose of iron.
Side Effects to watch for
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- blue lips, nails, or palms
- dark colored stools (this may be due to the iron, but can indicate a more serious condition)
- pain with or difficulty swallowing
- pale or clammy skin
- stomach pain
- unusually weak or tired
- weak, fast, or irregular heartbeat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this drug?
If you are taking this iron product, you should not take iron in any other medicine or dietary supplement.
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- medicines for stomach ulcers or other stomach problems
- pancreatic enzymes
- quinolone antibiotics (examples: Cipro, Floxin, Levaquin, Tequin and others)
- tetracycline antibiotics (examples: doxycycline, tetracycline, minocycline, and others)
- thyroid hormones