Iron deficiency anaemia


Information specific to: Sytron.

About Sytron and how it works

This medicine is a form of iron. It is used to treat iron deficiency anaemia as well as anaemia in people who have rheumatoid arthritis.

The iron in this medicine is combined with another chemical to form a compound. This compound breaks down in the gut and releases the iron which is then absorbed by the body. As this medicine is not an iron salt, it is less likely to cause stomach upsets or discolour teeth.

This medicine is available as a liquid that is taken by mouth

Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Sytron

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before taking this medicine if this medicine is for someone who:

  • is allergic or sensitive to or has had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • has conditions where there is too much iron in the body such as haemochromatosis or haemosiderosis
  • is receiving iron in the form of an injection
  • is having repeated blood transfusions
  • has other forms of anaemia
  • has iron storage or iron absorption problems
  • has gastrointestinal diseases
  • has a family history of fructose intolerance
  • is a child and is taking iron for a long time or excessively

Medicines interactions

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. Before taking this medicine consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including vitamins, supplements and herbal or complementary preparations.

The following medicines may interact with this medicine:

  • dimercaprol
  • methyldopa
  • levodopa
  • bisphosphonates
  • penicillamine
  • mycophenolate
  • fluoroquinolones
  • carbidopa
  • thyroxine
  • tetracyclines
  • zinc
  • entacapone
  • proton pump inhibitors
  • bicarbonates
  • carbonates
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • mineral supplements
  • trientine
  • antacids
  • cholestyramine
  • ascorbic acid
  • citric acid

Possible side effects of Sytron

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone having the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people taking this medicine:

  • hypersensitivity reactions
  • allergic reactions - these may be delayed
  • nausea
  • diarrhoea
  • dark coloured stools - this may interfere with some stool test results

If you experience other side effects or have any other worrying symptoms while you are taking this medicine, seek medical advice.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This medicine is not known to cause any problems during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. However, as with all medicines, you should seek medical advice before taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should take and if there is anything that you need to do if you take more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine contains alcohol.

Some foods such as ascorbic acid or citric acid increase the absorption of iron. However, some foods such as tea, coffee, eggs, or milk may decrease the absorption of iron and should not be taken at the same time as iron supplements.

You must dispose of the bottle and any remaining contents after three months of opening it. It is a good idea to make a note of the date when you first opened it. Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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