What is multivitamin with iron?

Multivitamin are a combination of many different vitamins that are normally found in foods and other natural sources.

Iron is normally found in foods like red meat. In the 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.

Multivitamin and iron are used to provide vitamins and iron that are not taken in through the diet. They are also used to treat iron or vitamin deficiencies caused by illness, pregnancy, poor nutrition, digestive disorders, and many other conditions.

Multivitamin and iron may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

Iron and certain vitamins can cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken in large doses. Do not take more of this medication than directed on the label or prescribed by your doctor.

If you have any medical conditions, ask your doctor before taking a multivitamin with iron. If you have certain conditions, you may need a certain vitamin formulation or special tests while taking this product.

Do not take multivitamin with iron without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Some vitamins and minerals can harm an unborn baby if taken in large doses. You may need to use a prenatal vitamin specially formulated for pregnant women.

Multivitamin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Avoid taking any other multivitamin product within 2 hours before or after you take multivitamin with iron. Taking similar vitamin products together at the same time can result in a vitamin overdose or serious side effects.

Avoid the regular use of salt substitutes in your diet if your multivitamin contains potassium. If you are on a low-salt diet, ask your doctor before taking a vitamin or mineral supplement.

Avoid taking an antibiotic medicine within 2 hours before or after you take multivitamin with iron. This is especially important if you are taking an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap).

Certain foods can also make it harder for your body to absorb iron. Avoid taking this multivitamin within 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating fish, meat, liver, and whole grain or "fortified” breads or cereals.

Do not take this medication with milk, other dairy products, calcium supplements, or antacids that contain calcium. Calcium may make it harder for your body to absorb certain ingredients of the multivitamin.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of vitamins A, D, E, or K can cause serious or life-threatening side effects. Iron and other minerals contained in a multivitamin can also cause serious overdose symptoms.

Overdose symptoms may include severe stomach pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, coughing up blood, constipation, loss of appetite, hair loss, peeling skin, warmth or tingly feeling, changes in menstrual periods, weight loss, severe headache, muscle or joint pain, severe back pain, blood in your urine or stools, black and tarry stools, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, weakness, shallow breathing, weak and rapid pulse, pale skin, blue lips, and seizure (convulsions).

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Side Effects

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; or
  • pain in your chest or throat when swallowing a ferrous fumarate tablet.

When taken as directed, multivitamin are not expected to cause serious side effects. Less serious side effects may include:

  • constipation, diarrhea;
  • nausea, vomiting, heartburn;
  • stomach pain, upset stomach;
  • black or dark-colored stools or urine;
  • temporary staining of the teeth;
  • headache; or
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

Vitamin and mineral supplements can interact with certain medications, or affect how medications work in your body. Before taking multivitamin with iron, tell your doctor if you also use:

  • acetohydroxamic acid (Lithostat);
  • cimetidine (Tagamet);
  • deferoxamine (Desferal);
  • etidronate (Didronel);
  • diuretics (water pills);
  • heart or blood pressure medications;
  • tretinoin (Vesanoid);
  • isotretinoin (Accutane, Amnesteen, Clavaris, Sotret);
  • dimercaprol (an injection used to treat poisoning by arsenic, lead, or mercury);
  • penicillamine (Cuprimine);
  • pancrelipase (Cotazym, Creon, Ilozyme, Pancrease, Ultrase);
  • trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (Cotrim, Bactrim, Septra, TMP/SMX); or
  • an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), and others.

This list is not complete and there may be other medications that can interact with or be affected by multivitamin with iron. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Other Names

Allbee-C 800 with Iron, Anemagen, Anemagen FA, Bugs Bunny with Iron Chewable, Chromagen, Chromagen (obsolete), Chromagen FA, Chromagen FA (obsolete), Chromagen Forte, Chromagen Forte (obsolete), Chromatinic, Contrin, Dayalets Plus Iron, Dialyvite, Diatx Fe, Equi-Roca Plus, Equicyte Plus, FE C Tab Plus, Femiron Multi with Iron, Feocyte, Fero-Folic 500, Ferocon, Ferragen, Ferrex-150 Forte, Ferrogels Forte, Fetrin, Flintstones with Iron Chewable, FoliTab 500, Foltrin, Fruity Chews with Iron, Fumatinic, Garfield Vitamin with Iron, Geravim, Geritol, Hematogen, Hematogen FA, Hematogen Forte, Hemocyte Plus, Hemocyte-F Elixir, I-L-X, IBC 500, Iberet, Iberet Liquid, Iberet-500, Iberet-Folic-500, Icaps, Icar-C Plus, Icar-C Plus SR, Iferex 150 Forte, Intrinsitinic, Irofol, Iromin G, Mult-Ferr Folic, Multibret Folic 500, Multifol, Multiple Vitamins with Folic Acid and Iron, Multiple Vitamins with Iron, MyKidz Iron, Myferon 150 Forte, Nephro-Vite with Fe, Nephron-FA, Niferex Gold, Niferex(obsolete), Niferex-150 (obsolete), Niferex-150 Forte, Niferex-150 Forte (obsolete), Nu-Iron Plus, One Tab Daily with Iron, Pediatric Multiple Vitamins with Iron, Poly Iron Forte, Poly-Vi-Sol with Iron, Poly-Vi-Sol with Iron Drops, Proferrin-Forte, Promar, Pronemia, Repliva 21/7, SSS Tonic, Senilezol, Sesame St. Vitamins Plus Iron, Stress Formula with Iron, Stresstabs with Iron, Sunkist Child Chewable with Iron, Surbex-750 with Iron, Tab-A-Vite with Iron, Theragran Hematinic, Therems H, Tolfrinic, Tri-Vi-Sol with Iron, TriHEMIC 600, Tricon, Trinsicon, Uni Kar Plus C SR, Unicap with Iron, Vi-Daylin ADC with Iron, Vi-Daylin with Iron, Vi-Daylin with Iron Chewable, Vi-Daylin with Iron Drops, Vi-Stress with Iron, Vita Drops with Iron, Vita-PMS, Vita-PMS Plus, Conison, Vitamin A, D and C with Iron, Vitamin B Complex with C and Iron, Vitamin B Complex with C, Folic Acid and Iron, Vitamin B Complex with C, Folic Acid, Iron and Docusate, Vitamin B Complex with Iron, Vitamin B Complex with Iron and Intrinsic Factor, Vitamin B12 with Folic Acid and Iron, multivitamin with iron, Anemagen Forte, Apetimar with Iron, Feogen, Ferbee, Ferotrin, Ferotrinsic, Ferralet 90, Ferraplus, Ferrex 150 Forte, Ferrex 150 Forte Plus, Ferroflex-150 Forte, FerroVite, FerroVite FA, FerroVite Forte, Fe-Tinic 150 Forte, Generet-500 with Folic Acid, Geri-Tabs, Good Sense Children's Vitamins with Iron, Hemocyte Plus (obsolete), I-L-X and B12, Integra, Integra F, Integra Plus, Livitrinsic-F, Martinic, Maxaron Forte, Multi-Delyn with Iron, Multigen, Multigen Folic, Multigen Plus, Multiret Folic 500, Pruvate 21/7, Rexavite 150 Forte, Se-Vate, Triferex 150 Forte, Trimagen, Trimagen Forte, Uni-Daily Plus Iron, Vimar with Iron, Vitagen Advance, and Vitagen Forte

Available Strengths & Dosages


Route Form Strength
oral tablet Vitamin B12 with C, Iron and Intrinsic Factor

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