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Brand names: Feosol Caplet (Icar), Iron Chews (Wee Care), and Feosol Caplet (Carbonyl Iron).
Drug class: iron products

What is Icar?

Icar is a product that replaces iron. Iron is normally obtained from food. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your tissues and organs.Iron deficiency or iron anemia can be treated with Icar.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Icar.

Side effects of Icar

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

Icar can cause the following side effects:

  • Diarrhea, constipation;
  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain;
  • Tooth discoloration;
  • Dark-coloured bowel motions

There may be other side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Icar should be kept out of reach of children. A child can die from an accidental overdose of carbonyl iron.

Similar/related drugs

Ferrous sulphate, Venofer, erosul, and  Infed

Before you take this drug

Icar should not be used if:

  • Ulcerative colitis or stomach ulcer;
  • Hemochromatosis;
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Anemia is not caused by iron deficiencies.

You should ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it is safe to take this medication if you don't have an iron deficiency. Icar should not be used by those with a normal iron level.

Icar tablets may contain milk. Tell your doctor about lactose sensitivity or a milk allergy.You may need a different dose during pregnancy or breastfeeding.Your dosage needs can change during pregnancy and breast-feeding.Do not administer this medicine to children younger than 12.

How to take an Icar?

Do not exceed the recommended dosage or duration. Use the recommended dose and do not exceed it.If Icar upsets your stomach, you can take it with food.Chew the chewable tablet before swallowing it.

Shake the suspension thoroughly before you measure a dosage. Use the provided dosing syringe or a dose-measuring cup or spoon to measure liquid medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you don't have a device for measuring doses.Tell your carers if you need a transfusion.Icar should not be taken for more than six months without consulting your doctor.

Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature. Store this medicine away from children. A child's accidental iron overdose can be fatal.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the missed dose as soon you remember. If it is close to the time for the next dose, you can skip the missed dose and take the regular dose. Do not take two doses.

What happens if I overdose?

Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. Icar overdoses can be deadly, especially for children.

Overdose symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, bleeding or tarry stool, fever, and severe stomach pain. Other symptoms are pale skin, blue fingernails or lips, a rapid but weak pulse, shallow breathing, or seizures.

What should be avoided?

Icar should not be taken within 2 hours of other medications. This medication can interfere with the absorption of other medications.

Interaction with other drug

If you also take any of these drugs, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it's safe to use Icar.

  • An antacid;
  • An antibiotic, such as ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin;
  • A stomach acid reducer, such as cimetidine, Tagamet (Pepcid), famotidine, or Ranitidine (Zantac),

This list is incomplete. Other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products, may interact with carbonyl iron. The drug guide doesn't list every possible interaction.