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iron polysaccharide (cont.)

Who should not take iron polysaccharide?

Do not take iron polysaccharide if you have

Iron polysaccharide may be dangerous if you have any of the conditions listed above.

If you do not have an iron deficiency, talk to your doctor about the use of iron polysaccharide. Generally, iron polysaccharide should not be taken chronically by individuals with a normal iron balance.

Talk to your doctor before taking iron polysaccharide if you are pregnant.

Talk to your doctor before taking iron polysaccharide if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take iron polysaccharide?

Take iron polysaccharide exactly as directed by your doctor, or as directed on the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each tablet with a full glass of water.

Shake the suspension well before measuring a dose. To ensure you get the correct dose, use a dose-measuring cup or spoon, not a regular table spoon to measure the dose. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

Mix the liquid forms of iron polysaccharide with water, juice, or another beverage as directed and drink the mixture through a straw to prevent staining of the teeth.

Take iron polysaccharide on an empty stomach for best results. If stomach upset occurs, take iron polysaccharide with food or following a meal.

Iron polysaccharide may decrease the absorption of other medicines. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking iron polysaccharide if you take any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Store iron polysaccharide at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Keep this medication out of the reach of children. An accidental overdose of iron by a child can be fatal.

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