Brand Name(s): Fer-Iron
Generic Name(s): multivitamin
Drug Class: multivitamin
Fortinic is used to supplement iron in the diet. Fortinic is also used treat or prevent anemia resulting from low iron levels in the body. Fortinic is a mineral and may also be used to treat or prevent other conditions as determined by the doctor.
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Anemia, the condition that Fortinic is primarily used to treat is a condition resulting from lack of red blood cells or dysfunctional red blood cells in the body. The most noticeable symptoms of anemia include fatigue, skin pallor, dizziness, fast heartbeat and lightheadedness as well as shortness of breath.
Fortinic works by increasing the body’s ability to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein molecule found in the red blood cells that transport oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues while taking carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. By enhancing production of anemia, Fortinic helps reduce the effects of anemia. Fortinic is typically administered for:
Being a supplement, Fortinic comes in a package that indicates the directions of use and dosage. Read the product’s label to ensure that you use it in the correct manner and dosage. The doctor may as well prescribe Fortinic for you and will use your age, weight and intensity of the condition being treated to determine your dose. Fortinic may be used with or without food. Below is the typical Fortinic dose.
- 325 mg orally 3 times a day. Alternatively, 300 mg orally 4 times a day may be given.
In the event that a Fortinic dose is missed, use it as soon as you remember. However, be sure to skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule if it is about time for the second dose.
Fortinic Side Effects
Using Fortinic may result in mild or severe side effects. Mild side effects are prevalent and may soon disappear as the body gets used to the activities of Fortinic. However, severe side effects may be detrimental and have to be reported immediately. Most severe side effects are brought about by an over dose. Note that the list below does not contain all possible Fortinic side effects.
Common Fortinic side effects
- Dark or green stool
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach cramps
Severe Fortinic side effects that need immediate medical attention
- Tarry stool
- Severe, persistent nausea
- Severe stomach pain
- Vomits that resemble blood
- Swelling of the mouth
- Tightness in the chest
When combined with other drugs or substances, Fortinic may cause interactions. Thus, Fortinic should not be used alongside other drugs or substances without the doctor’s recommendation. Also, you should not start, stop or change the use of any medication without informing your doctor. Share a list of any drugs, supplements, minerals or herbal products that you may be using to help monitor possible interactions. Below is a list of drugs and substances that interact with Fortinic.
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D2
- Aspirin Low Strength
- Fish oil
- Advair diskus
Fortinic may interact with other drugs and substances not listed above.