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Generic name: iron polysaccharide [I-urn-POL-lee-SAK-ah-ride]
Brand names: Ezfe Ferrex-150, Hematex NovaFerrum pediatric, NovaFerrum 50, NovaFerrum, and Hematex.
Drug class: iron products

What is Hematex?

Hematex is a mineral form of iron. Iron is essential for many body functions, including oxygen transport in the blood.Hematex can be used to treat and prevent iron deficiency and anemia.Hematex should not be used as a general diet supplement for people with normal iron levels.Hematex can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Hematex

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Hematex can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Bloody or tarry stool;
  • Severe stomach cramps or pain.

Hematex side effects may include:

  • Constipation, diarrhea;
  • Nausea, upset stomach;
  • Black or dark-colored stools
  • Temporary staining of teeth

There may be other side effects.For medical advice about side effects, always contact your physician or the FDA (800 FDA-1088). They also accept reports at this number.

Similar/related drugs

ferrous sulfate, Venofer, FeroSul, and Infed


Hematex should not be taken if you suffer from hemochromatosis or hemosiderosis.Hematex should be kept out of the reach of children. A child's accidental iron overdose can be deadly.

Before you take this drug

Hematex should not be taken if:

  • Hemochromatosis;
  • Hemosiderosis
  • Anemia hemolytic.

Do not administer this medicine to an infant without consulting a doctor.Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing. You may need a different dose during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

How to take Hematex?

Follow the directions provided by either your doctor or the label.Hematex is best taken on an empty stomach. Take the medicine after eating or with food if a stomach upset happens.Measuring liquid medicine is important. Use the provided dosing device or a dose-measuring tool (not a spoon).As soon as your medication arrives, carefully read and follow any directions for use that come with it. If any part of these instructions are unclear to you, contact either your doctor or pharmacist immediately for clarification.Medical tests will be required frequently.Hematex should not be used to treat iron deficiencies. Consult your doctor before using it. Each person suffering from anemia should be under the supervision of a physician.Store at room temperature, away from any sources of heat and moisture.Keep this medicine out of reach of children. A child can die from an accidental iron overdose.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are almost due for your next dose, skip the missed one. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. Hematex overdoses can be deadly, especially for children.Overdose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, tarry stool, a low pulse rate, a rapid heart rate, or seizures (convulsions).

What should be avoided?


  • Milk or other dairy products
  • High-fiber foods are those that contain whole grains, vegetables, or bran.
  • Coffee, tea;
  • Coca-cola; chocolate
  • Energy drinks or other sources of caffeine

Interaction with other drug

Hematex can be less effective if taken with certain medicines. Take this medicine 2 hours before taking the other medicine or 2 hours after.

  • An antacid;
  • Anti-biotic
  • Medicine to treat parkinson’s disease
  • Thyroid medication.

This list is incomplete. Hematex may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines and vitamin and herb products. This list does not include all possible drug interactions.