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FeraMAX is a brand name for an oral iron supplement used to treat iron deficiency anemia. It contains polydextrose-iron complex (PDIC), which is a patented delivery system for iron supplements. It works by increasing the amount of iron in the body to help the body produce red blood cells. This can help to alleviate symptoms of anemia such as fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath.
Feramax is designed to be gentle on the stomach and minimize common side effects associated with iron supplements. It is known for being more easily tolerated than traditional iron supplements that contain ionic iron, which can cause stomach upset and constipation in some people.
Use and Dosage
FeraMAX 150 capsules are taken orally, with or without food, as directed by your doctor. The capsules should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water and should not be crushed or chewed. Take the capsules at the same time each day and continue taking them for as long as instructed by your doctor to achieve the best results.
Always carefully read and follow the label and instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Additionally, it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about how to use FeraMAX capsules or any other medication.
Common Side Effects of Feramax (Polysaccharide-Iron Complex):
- Upset stomach
- Stomach cramps
- Black stools
Serious Side Effects of Feramax (Polysaccharide-Iron Complex):
- Bloody or tarry stools
- Severe stomach pain or cramps
Forms and Strength
Feramax (Polysaccharide-Iron Complex) is available in the following forms and strength:
Feramax: Vegan Caps
- Children and pregnant or lactating women should use Feramax under medical supervision.
- Feramax may cause constipation, diarrhea, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, or dark stools.
- Feramax may cause discoloration of tooth enamel, take the supplement through a straw, or brush your teeth after taking it.
- Feramax may interact with certain medications, such as antibiotics, antacids, and proton pump inhibitors, reducing their absorption.
- Feramax may interfere with certain laboratory tests, such as fecal occult blood tests, causing false positive results.
- If you have a history of gastrointestinal disorders, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or other medical conditions, you should speak with a healthcare professional before taking Feramax.
- Ingesting too much iron can be dangerous, particularly for young children who may accidentally take an overdose.
- Iron toxicity is a rare but serious potential side effect that can occur with high doses or prolonged use of iron supplements. Symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, black or tarry stools, and fever.
- People with a history of allergies to iron supplements or any of the ingredients in Feramax should avoid its use.
- People with liver disease or hemochromatosis (excessive iron accumulation in the body) should use iron supplements with caution and under medical supervision.
- Taking Feramax with food or drinks that contain calcium, magnesium, or zinc may also decrease its absorption.
- Taking iron supplements can lead to gastrointestinal side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and/or stomach pain.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long will I need to take Feramax?
Compliance with iron therapy is very important, and you may need to continue taking iron supplements for 3-6 months after your hemoglobin levels have returned to normal.
How should I store Feramax?
Feramax should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat, and out of reach of children.
Is Feramax available over the counter?
Yes, Feramax is available over the counter in Canada.
Will Feramax stain my teeth?
No, Feramax capsules and powder will not stain your teeth.
Is Feramax safe for children?
Yes, Feramax is safe for children under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Can Feramax be taken with food?
Yes, Feramax can be taken with food to help reduce gastrointestinal side effects.
It's important to purchase Feramax from verified Canadian pharmacy.