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Generic name: ferrous fumarate and folic acid [FER-us-FUE-ma-rate-and-FOE-lik-AS-id] 

Brand names: Hematinic with Folic Acid, Hemocyte-F, Ed Cyte F
Drug Classes: Products containing iron; Combinations of vitamins and minerals

What is Hemocyte F?

Ferrous fumarate is one type of iron. Folic acid is a form of vitamin B. Iron and vitamin B are essential for the production and maintenance of healthy red blood cells.Hemocyte is a combination medication used to treat and prevent certain types of anemia caused by iron or folate deficiencies.Hemocyte F can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Hemocyte-F

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.

Hemocyte F can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Severe stomach pain or nausea
  • Cough bloody mucus with vomit that looks similar to coffee grounds
  • Fever
  • Bloody or tarry stool.

Hemocyte F may cause the following side effects:

  • Stomach pain, heartburn;
  • Nausea, vomiting;
  • Diarrhea, constipation,
  • Change the color of your stool.

There may be other side effects.For medical advice regarding possible side effects, speak to your physician. To report such events directly to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


If a child accidentally swallows a tablet, seek emergency medical care. A child can die from an iron overdose.

Before you take this drug

Hemocyte F should not be used if:

  • Iron overload syndrome
  • Pernicious Anemia is caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12.
  • Hemolytic anemia

Inform your physician of any of the following issues:

  • A vitamin B12 deficiency;
  • Thalassemia
  • A condition that requires regular blood transfusions.

Inform your doctor if breastfeeding or pregnancy is a possibility. This medicine may require special testing before use during pregnancy.Do not administer this medicine to an infant without consulting a doctor.

How to take Hemocyte F?

Read all instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all directions. Follow the directions on the label.This medicine should be taken on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after eating.To ensure that you have a constant amount of drugs in your system, take your doses regularly.Take this medication with a glass of water.After taking the tablet, avoid lying down for 10 minutes.If this medication bothers your stomach, take it with food for the best results.Hemocyte F may require that you follow a specific diet. Please follow the instructions from your doctor or dietitian. Learn which foods you should eat and avoid in order to control your condition.Store away from heat, moisture, and light. When not in use, keep the bottle tightly shut.

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. If a child accidentally swallows a tablet, call 911. A child can die from an iron overdose.Overdose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea with blood, or bloody vomit. Other symptoms are shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, pale skin and lips, as well as seizures.

What should be avoided?

Do not eat or drink for at least 2 hours prior to or 2 hours following the time you take Hemocyte-F.

  • Avoid coffee and tea.
  • Avoid dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Avoid eating meat, fish, liver, and "fortified whole grain" breads and cereals.

You should not take vitamin or mineral supplements unless your doctor prescribes them.

Interaction with other drug

It is sometimes not safe to take certain medications together. Some drugs may affect the blood levels of the drugs you are taking, which can increase side effects and make medications less effective. Take any of these medicines separately (between 2 and 4 hours) from the ferrous fumarate or folic acid.

  • An antacid;
  • Is an antibiotic.

Hemocyte-F may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are currently taking and those that you have started or stopped using.