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What is this medicine?

IRON (AHY ern) replaces iron that is essential to healthy red blood cells. Iron is used to treat iron deficiency anemia. Anemia may cause problems like tiredness, shortness of breath, or slowed growth in children. Only take iron if your doctor has told you to. Do not treat yourself with iron if you are feeling tired. Most healthy people get enough iron in their diets, particularly if they eat cereals, meat, poultry, and fish.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • frequently drink alcohol
  • bowel disease
  • hemolytic anemia
  • iron overload (hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis)
  • liver disease
  • stomach ulcer or other stomach problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to iron, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before use. Use a special dropper or spoon to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. You may mix the solution in the glass of water or fruit juice and drink the liquid through a straw to decrease contact of the fluid with the teeth. You may take this medicine with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for even very young children and infants for selected conditions, precautions do apply. Never give iron to a child or infant unless directed by a doctor to do so. If you are giving the drops to an infant, you may mix the drops in a small amount of infant formula prior to bottle- feeding.

               
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