This medicine contains the active ingredient iron (II) fumarate which belongs to a group of medicines called antianemics. These medicines simulate production of iron which is necessary for the production of hemoglobin that carries oxygen through the body. Iron (II) fumarate is prescribed for low iron levels caused by diet lacking in iron, poor absorption of iron from the small intestines, pregnancy, breast-feeding, or blood loss. The usual symptoms are tiredness, breathlessness, dizziness, palpitations and headache.
Is Iron (II) fumarate suitable for me?
Iron (II) fumarate is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- If you are allergic to Iron (II) fumarate or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have too much iron in your body
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding
- have active liver disease
Iron (II) fumarate interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Iron (II) fumarate?
This medicine is available in form of a capsule.
You should take Iron (II) fumarate exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your condition and needs. The usual dose is one 350 mg capsule taken twice a day. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose. Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Iron (II) fumarate side effects?
Like all medicines Iron (II) fumarate can cause side effects, including:
- loss of appetite,
- metallic taste in the mouth,
- nausea, vomiting,
- constipation or diarrhea,
- allergic reactions
- dark colored stool
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.