FerroMate® (Ferrous Fumarate) is used for supplementing iron in the diet and preventing or treating low levels of iron in the blood. It also may be used for other conditions as determined by your Doctor or healthcare professional.
Do NOT use FerroMate® if:
You are allergic to any ingredient in FerroMate®
You have certain iron metabolism problems (eg, hemosiderosis, hemochromatosis) or high levels of iron in your blood
Contact your Doctor or healthcare professional right away if any of these apply to you.
How to use FerroMate®:
Use FerroMate® as directed by your Doctor or healthcare professional. Check the label on the package for exact dosing instructions.
FerronMate® is absorbed better on an empty stomach but may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach. Some foods (eg, eggs, whole grain breads, cereal, dairy products, coffee, tea) may decrease the amount of iron absorbed by your body. Talk with your Doctor or healthcare professional about the best way to take ferrous fumarate with food if it upsets your stomach.
If you take an antacid, a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), cefdinir, eltrombopag, methyldopa, penicillamine, a quinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin), or a tetracycline antibiotic (eg, minocycline), ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with FerroMate®.
Take FerroMate® with a full glass of water. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking FerroMate®.
If you miss a dose of FerroMate®, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your Doctor or healthcare professional any questions you may have about how to use FerroMate®.
Important safety information:
Do not take large doses of vitamins while you use FerroMate® unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Do NOT take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
FerroMate® has iron in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has iron in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your Doctor or healthcare professional.
FerroMate® may cause darkened or green stools. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Constipation; dark or green stools; diarrhea; loss of appetite; nausea; stomach cramps, pain, or upset; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; blood or streaks of blood in the stool; fever; severe or persistent nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting; vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your Doctor or healthcare professional.