Swissmedic-approved patient information
Maltofer® chewable tablets
Vifor (International) Inc.
What is Maltofer chewable tablet and when is it used?
Maltofer chewable tablets are an iron supplement used to treat iron deficiency without anemia and iron deficiency anemia.
Iron is an indispensable component of the red blood pigment, the red muscle pigment and the iron-containing enzymes. Iron deficiency can lead to the following general symptoms: increased tiredness, reduced mental performance, irritability, restlessness, headaches, loss of appetite, weakened immune system, noticeable paleness, cracked corners of the mouth, dry skin, brittle hair and nails.
What should be considered?
Before you start taking Maltofer chewable tablets, your doctor should measure the iron and blood pigment (haemoglobin) levels in your blood have been clarified by appropriate investigations. If the symptoms are not related to iron deficiency, Maltofer Chewable Tablets are not effective.
Your doctor would like to see the progress of your treatment through regular check-ups and may also want to carry out blood tests. This is normal and should not concern you. If your symptoms do not improve within 3 weeks, consult your doctor.
During treatment with Maltofer, the stool may turn dark, but this is harmless.
When should Maltofer chewable tablets not be taken/used?
- If you have a known hypersensitivity (allergy) or intolerance to the active ingredient iron( III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex or one of the excipients (see "What does Maltofer chewable tablets contain?")
- In the case of excess iron in the body (e.g. due to rare iron storage diseases which lead to iron deposits in the tissues)< /li>
- In the case of so-called iron utilization disorders (if the anemia is due, for example, to insufficient utilization of iron)
- In the case of anemia that is not due to an iron deficiency (e.g. due to increased hemoglobin degradation or lack of vitamin B12) .
When is caution required when taking / using Maltofer chewable tablets?
Inform before Taking Maltofer Tell your doctor, pharmacist or druggist if you have an infection or a tumour.
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or druggist if you have recently been treated or may be treated with injectable iron preparations. Such iron preparations should not be used simultaneously with Maltofer.
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or druggist if you have received blood transfusions as there is a risk of iron overload with supplemental iron.
This medicine contains 10 mg sodium (main component of cooking/table salt) per tablet. This is equivalent to 0.5% of the recommended maximum daily dietary intake of sodium for an adult.
No relevant studies have been conducted. However, Maltofer is unlikely to have any effect on the ability to drive and use machines.
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or druggist if you:
- Suffer from other diseases
- Have allergies
- Take other medicines (including those you bought yourself!).
May Maltofer chewable tablets be taken / used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant, want to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, you may only use Maltofer after consulting your doctor.
How do you use Maltofer chewable tablets?
Maltofer chewable tablets can be chewed or swallowed whole and should be taken during or immediately after a meal. Maltofer chewable tablets have a break line on one side. This is only to break the pills for easier swallowing, not to split the pills into two equal doses. The daily dose can be divided into single doses or given all at once.
Maltofer chewable tablets are not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Adolescents (from 12 years), adults:
For iron deficiency anemia: 1-3 tablets daily for 3-5 months until the blood test values are back to normal. The treatment is then continued with 1 chewable tablet daily for several weeks in order to replenish iron stores.
For iron deficiency without anemia: 1 chewable tablet daily for 1-2 months.
The dosage and duration of treatment depends on the extent of the iron deficiency. The doctor decides on the exact duration of treatment in each individual case.
If you have taken more Maltofer than you should, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or druggist. If you forget to take Maltofer, just take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Stick to the dosage given in the package leaflet or as prescribed by your doctor. If you think the medicine is too weak or too strong, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or druggist.
What side effects can Maltofer chewable tablets have?
The following side effects can occur when taking Maltofer chewable tablets:
Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10): A very common side effect is discolored stool due to iron excretion, but this is harmless.
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100): Commonly observed side effects are nausea, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1000): uncommon: vomiting, discoloration of the teeth, inflammation of the stomach (gastritis), itching, rash, hives, reddening of the skin (erythema) and headaches come.
Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000): in rare cases, patients experience muscle spasms and muscle pain (myalgia).
These side effects are usually temporary.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or druggist. This also applies in particular to side effects that are not listed in this leaflet.
What else needs to be considered?
The medicinal product may only be used up to the date marked «EXP» on the container.
Store at room temperature (15-25°C).
Keep out of the reach of children.
Your doctor, pharmacist or druggist can provide you with further information. These people have the detailed information for specialists.
What does Maltofer chewable tablets contain?
1 Maltofer chewable tablet contains 100 mg of iron in the form of iron (III) hydroxide polymaltose complex .
Talcum, macrogol 6000, anhydrous starch hydrolyzate, microcrystalline cellulose, chocolate flavor, sodium cyclamate, vanillin, cocoa powder.
Where can you get Maltofer chewable tablets? What packs are available?
In pharmacies and drugstores, without a doctor's prescription.
Maltofer chewable tablets are available in packs of 30 or 100 chewable tablets.
Vifor (International) AG
9001 St Gallen
This package leaflet was last checked by the Medicines Agency (Swissmedic) in August 2021.