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Brand Names: Ferro-Sequels

Generic Name: docusate and ferrous fumarate (Pronunciation: DOK ue sate and FER us FUE ma rate)

What is docusate and ferrous fumarate (Ferro-Sequels)?

Docusate is a stool softener. It makes stools softer and easier to pass.

Ferrous fumarate is a type of iron. You normally get iron from the foods you eat. In your body, iron becomes a part of your hemoglobin (HEEM o glo bin) and myoglobin (MY o glo bin). Hemoglobin carries oxygen through your blood to tissues and organs. Myoglobin helps your muscle cells store oxygen.

Ferrous fumarate is used to treat iron deficiency anemia (a lack of red blood cells caused by having too little iron in the body). The docusate contained in this medication is to help prevent constipation that the iron content may cause.

Docusate and ferrous fumarate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of docusate and ferrous fumarate (Ferro-Sequels)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor if you have serious side effects such as:

  • bright red blood in your stools;
  • severe stomach pain and vomiting;
  • a sudden change in your bowel movements; or
  • pain in your chest or throat when swallowing a docusate and ferrous fumarate tablet.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • constipation, diarrhea;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or upset; or
  • black or dark-colored stools or urine.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about docusate and ferrous fumarate (Ferro-Sequels)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have iron overload syndrome, hemolytic anemia (a lack of red blood cells), porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system), thalassemia (a genetic disorder of red blood cells), kidney or liver disease, pancreatitis, stomach ulcer, a history of bowl obstruction, or if you receive regular blood transfusions.

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine, or if anyone has accidentally swallowed it. An overdose of iron can be fatal, especially in a young child.

Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness, severe nausea or stomach pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, shallow breathing, weak and rapid pulse, cold or clammy skin, blue lips, and seizure (convulsions).

Take docusate and ferrous fumarate on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Avoid taking antacids or antibiotics within 2 hours before or after taking docusate and ferrous fumarate .

Docusate and ferrous fumarate is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include a special diet. It is very important to follow the diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. You should become very familiar with the list of foods you should eat to make sure you get enough iron from both your diet and your medication.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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