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Iron Hydroxide Polymaltose



Iron hydroxide polymaltose is used in the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia, macrocytic anaemia (red blood cells (RBC) are larger than normal) and in the prevention of iron and folic acid deficiency before, during and after pregnancy (during lactation). 

How it works

Iron hydroxide polymaltose belongs to a class of drugs called antianemic agents.  Iron hydroxide polymaltose works by maintaining the iron levels in the body. 

Common side effects

Nausea, Abdominal pain, Drowsiness, Constipation, Convulsion, Diarrhoea, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Fall in blood sugar level, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Heartburn, Rapid breathing, Hypotensive collapse, Metabolic acidosis, Restlessness, Tachycardia, Vomiting


Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you have anaemia due to infection or malignancy or gastrointestinal ulceration, allergies, hepatic or liver insufficiency.
  • Tell your doctor if you experience gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, nausea while taking iron hydroxide polymaltose.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
  • Do not take if allergic to iron hydroxide polymaltose or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if suffering from iron overload (e.g. haemochromatosis, haemosiderosis).
  • Do not take if having  disturbances in iron utilization (e.g. lead anaemia, sideroacrestic anaemia, and thalassemia).
  • Do not take if suffering from anaemia not caused by iron deficiency (e.g. haemolytic anaemia).
  • Do not consume if having megaloblastic anaemia due to Vitamin B 12 deficiency.
  • Do not consume if receiving repeated blood transfusion.

Frequently asked questions

Iron Hydroxide Polymaltose

Q. What is ferric hydroxide polymaltose complex? 
Ferric hydroxide polymaltose complex is is an iron preparation with non-ionic iron and polymaltose in a stable complex used in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia. 

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)