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ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12

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ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 belongs to a class of 'nutritional supplements,' primarily used to treat iron deficiency anaemia and nutritional deficiencies. Iron deficiency anaemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough red blood cells due to low iron levels. Nutritional deficiency occurs when the body is unable to absorb or get enough nutrients from food.

ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 contains Elemental iron, Folic acid, and Vitamin B12. Elemental iron is an essential mineral that aids in producing red blood cells and the transportation of oxygen to body tissues. Folic acid helps in forming red blood cells and prevents and treats folate deficiency (low blood levels of folate). Vitamin B12 helps in the proper functioning of the brain, nerves, and the production of red blood cells. 

Your doctor will decide the dosage and duration based on your medical condition. In some cases, ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 may cause side effects like nausea, diarrhoea, stomach upset, and constipation. These side effects do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. However, if these side effects persist longer, please consult your doctor.

Brief your medical history to the doctor if you have any heart/kidney/liver diseases, iron overload disorders like hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis, and intestinal problems (ulcer, colitis) before starting ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12. It is essential to seek medical advice before starting ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Drinking alcohol may affect iron absorption; therefore, it is advised to consult your doctor before using ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12. ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 should be given to children only when advised by the doctor.

Uses of ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12

Nutritional deficiencies and Iron deficiency anaemia.

Medicinal Benefits

ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 is composed of Elemental iron, Folic acid, and Vitamin B12. Elemental iron is an essential mineral that aids in producing red blood cells and the transportation of oxygen to body tissues. Folic acid helps form red blood cells and prevents and treats folate deficiency. Vitamin B12 helps in the proper functioning of the brain and nerves and aids in the production of red blood cells. It regulates body functions like cell multiplication, blood formation, and protein synthesis.

Directions for Use

Tablet/Capsule: Swallow it as a whole with a glass of water. Do not crush, chew or break it. Liquid/Syrup: Shake the bottle well before each use. Measure the recommended dose of liquid/syrup with a measuring cup or a dosing syringe and take it as advised by the doctor.

Storage

Store in a cool and dry place away from sunlight

Side Effects of ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach upset
  • Constipation

In-Depth Precautions and Warning

Drug Warnings

Let your doctor know if you are allergic to any of the components. Brief your medical history to the doctor if you have any heart/kidney/liver diseases, iron overload disorders like hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis, and intestinal problems (ulcer, colitis) before starting ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12. Iron is excreted into the breast milk when used by a nursing mother; hence consult your doctor before taking ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12. Drinking alcohol may affect iron absorption; therefore, it is advised to consult your doctor if you have any concerns. ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 should be used in children only when advised by the doctor.

Drug Interactions

Drug-Drug Interaction: ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 may interact with antibiotics (penicillamine), Parkinson's medications (levodopa), fits medicines (phenobarbital, phenytoin), anticancer drugs (fluorouracil, capecitabine), and hormones (levothyroxine).

Drug-Food Interaction: ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 should not be taken along with alcohol, dairy products, and eggs as it might affect iron absorption in the body.

Drug-Disease Interaction: ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 should be used with caution in heart, liver, or kidney diseases, hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis, ulcer, and colitis.

Drug-Drug Interactions Checker List:

  • PENICILLAMINE
  • LEVODOPA
  • PHENOBARBITAL
  • CAPECITABINE
  • LEVOTHYROXINE
  • PHENYTOIN
  • FLUOROURACIL
  • Safety Advice

    • Safety Warning

      Alcohol

      caution

      Drinking alcohol may affect iron absorption; therefore, it is advised to consult your doctor before consuming alcohol while on treatment with ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12.

    • Safety Warning

      Pregnancy

      caution

      There is limited data on how ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 affects pregnancy. Please consult your doctor before starting ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 if you are pregnant or planning to conceive.

    • Safety Warning

      Breast Feeding

      caution

      Iron may pass into breast milk when used by a breastfeeding mother. Please consult your doctor before taking ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 if you are a nursing mother.

    • Safety Warning

      Driving

      consult your doctor

      ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 usually does not interfere with your driving ability. However, please consult your doctor if you notice any side effects that affect your mental ability while using ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12.

    • Safety Warning

      Liver

      caution

      Let your doctor know if you have any history of liver diseases before taking ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and potential risks before recommending ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12.

    • Safety Warning

      Kidney

      caution

      You should seek a doctor's advice before starting ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 if you have kidney disease. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and potential risks before recommending ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12.

    • Safety Warning

      Children

      caution

      ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 should be used in children only when suggested by a doctor. The doctor will advise the dosage of ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 based on the child's age and weight.

    Habit Forming

    No

    Diet & Lifestyle Advise

    • Include red meat, pork, poultry, and seafood in your diet.

    • Iron sources like kidney beans, black beans, spinach, raisins, apricots, and lentils will help you improve your iron deficiency when taken along with ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12.
    • Also, include iron-fortified cereals, bread, and pasta timely in your regular food intake.
    • Vitamin C foods like orange juice, broccoli, strawberries, melons, and bell peppers enhance iron absorption into the body.
    • You can also try iron gummies if you have sweet cravings.
    • Recent trends, like using cast iron utensils for cooking, can also improve your iron levels.

    Patients Concern

    Disease/Condition Glossary

    Nutritional deficiencies: A nutritional deficiency occurs when the body does not absorb or get enough nutrients from food. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for body development and the prevention of diseases. Nutrient deficiency can lead to many health problems like a weakened immune system, skin problems, digestion problems, defective bone growth, and neurological diseases. 

    Iron deficiency anaemia: It is a condition caused due to low iron levels in which the body does not have enough red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to various body tissues. If the body has too little iron, it cannot make enough haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the main protein in the red blood cells, responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, light-headedness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, brittle nails, and pale skin.

    FAQs

    ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 is used to manage and treat Nutritional deficiencies and Iron deficiency anaemia.

    ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 is a nutritional supplement that consists of Elemental Iron, Folic acid, and Vitamin B12. It works by boosting the production of red blood cells (RBC) in the body. It also helps normalise the low vitamin levels in the body, thus treating nutritional deficiencies and iron deficiency anaemia.

    Avoid taking more than one multivitamin product concomitantly unless advised by the doctor. Taking similar nutritional supplements simultaneously can lead to a vitamin overdose or other serious side effects.

    Antacids may interfere with the absorption of iron. Hence it is advised to take ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 two hours before or four hours after taking antacids.

    ELEMENTAL IRON+FOLIC ACID+VITAMIN B12 may cause constipation as one of its side effects. Eating fibre rich foods like vegetables, fresh fruits, and cereals and drinking plenty of water can help relieve symptoms.

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and follow your usual dosage. Do not double the dose.

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