polysaccharide iron (OTC)

Brand and Other Names:Niferex, Hytinic, more...Ferrex, FeTinic, Polysaccharide Iron Complex
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

capsule

  • 150mg
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Prevention/Treatment of Iron Deficiency

150-300 mg PO q8hr

Administration

For maximum absorption take on empty stomach, but may take with or after meals to minimize GI irritation

Vitamin C may enhance absorption

Dosage Forms & Strengths

capsule

  • 150 mg
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Treatment of Iron-deficiency Anemia

Preemie: 2-4 mg Fe/kg/day PO qDay divided q12hr; not to exceed 15 mg/day 

Children: 3-6 mg Fe/kg/day PO qDay divided q12hr

Iron-deficiency Anemia, Prophylaxis

Preemie: 2 mg Fe/kg/day PO PO qDay divided q8hr; not to exceed 15 mg/day 

Children: 1-2 mg Fe/kg/day PO qDay divided q8hr; not to exceed 15 mg/day

>10 Years Old

  • Males: 2 mg/day Fe PO
  • Females: 5 mg/day Fe PO

Administration

For maximum absorption take on empty stomach, but may take with or after meals to minimize GI irritation

Vitamin C may enhance absorption

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Hypersensitivity

            Hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis, hemolytic anemia, PUD, ulcerative colitis

            Cautions

            Type of anemia & causes of it should be determined prior to treatment

            Iron can be harmful or fatal to children in large doses

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: A

            Lactation: consult physician

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

            Mechanism of Action

            Essential nutrient, component of heme & nonheme iron proteins; works as cofactor of several essential enzymes, including cytochromes, which are involved in electron transport

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