Icar Suspension


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Icar Suspension

Generic Name: Iron Suspension (EYE-urn)
Brand Name: Icar

Icar Suspension is used for:

Supplementing iron in the diet and treating or preventing anemia (low red blood cell levels) due to low iron levels. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Icar Suspension is a mineral. It works by helping the body to make hemoglobin, which is found in red blood cells. Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body, which helps to reduce the effects of anemia.

Do NOT use Icar Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Icar Suspension
  • you have high levels of iron in the blood

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Icar Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Icar Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have colon problems, Crohn disease, or a peptic ulcer
  • if you have anemia not caused by iron deficiency, porphyria cutanea tarda, liver or kidney problems, thalassemia, or a history of alcohol abuse, or you have had multiple blood transfusions

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Icar Suspension. However, no specific interactions with Icar Suspension are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Icar Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Icar Suspension:

Use Icar Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Icar Suspension is absorbed better on an empty stomach, but may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach.
  • Shake well before using.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • Do not take antacids within 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking Icar Suspension.
  • Take Icar Suspension with a full glass (8 oz/240 mL) of water.
  • Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Icar Suspension.
  • If you miss a dose of Icar Suspension, 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 health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Icar Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
  • Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
  • Some of these products contain sulfites, which can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals (eg, asthma patients). If you have previously had allergic reactions to sulfites, contact your pharmacist to determine if the product you are taking contains sulfites.
  • Some of these products may contain tartrazine dye (FD&C Yellow No. 5), which can cause allergic reactions in certain patients. If you have previously had an allergic reaction to tartrazine, contact your pharmacist to determine if the medicine you are taking contains tartrazine.
  • Icar Suspension may cause incorrect test results with kits used to check for blood in the stool or blood cholesterol. Check with your doctor if you are using either kind of test kit.
  • LAB TESTS, including blood cell counts, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Icar Suspension during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Icar Suspension, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Icar Suspension:

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; diarrhea; nausea; stomach discomfort.

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; sharp stomach pain; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately. Symptoms may include loss of consciousness; nausea; seizures; stomach pain; tarry stools; tiredness; vomiting; weak, fast heartbeat.

Proper storage of Icar Suspension:

Store Icar Suspension at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Icar Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Icar Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Icar Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Icar Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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