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Brand Names: Tandem

Generic Name: ferrous fumarate and iron polysaccharide (Pronunciation: FER us foo MAR ayt, I urn pol ee SAK uh ryd)

What is ferrous fumarate and iron polysaccharide (Tandem)?

Ferrous fumarate and iron polysaccharide contains two different types 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 and iron polysaccharide is used to treat iron deficiency anemia (a lack of red blood cells caused by having too little iron in the body).

Ferrous fumarate and iron polysaccharide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ferrous fumarate and iron polysaccharide (Tandem)?

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.

Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur such as:

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about ferrous fumarate and iron polysaccharide (Tandem)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers or similar stomach problems, or a history of a gastrectomy.

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.

Symptoms of a ferrous fumarate and iron polysaccharide overdose may include nausea, vomiting, shallow breathing, weak pulse, pale skin, blue lips, extreme weakness, fainting, or death.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years old.

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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