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Maltofer® film-coated tablets
Vifor (International) Inc.
What are Maltofer film-coated tablets and when are they used?
Maltofer film-coated 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 film tablets, the iron and blood pigment (haemoglobin) content of the blood should be checked by the doctor or have been clarified by a doctor through appropriate examinations. If the symptoms are not due to iron deficiency, Maltofer film-coated 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 film tablets not be taken/used?
- In the case of known hypersensitivity (allergy) or intolerance to the active ingredient iron(III) hydroxide polymaltose complex or one of the excipients (see «What does Maltofer film-coated tablets contain?»)
- If there is excess iron in the body (e.g. due to rare iron storage diseases that lead to iron deposits in the tissues)
- In the case of so-called iron utilization disorders (if the anemia is due, for example, to insufficient iron utilization)
- In the case of anemia that is not due to an iron deficiency (e.g. caused by increased hemoglobin degradation or a lack of vitamin B12). ul>
When is caution required when taking / using Maltofer film tablets?
Inform your doctor, pharmacist or druggist before taking Maltofer, pharmacist if you have an infection or tumor.
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 9 mg sodium (main component of cooking/table salt) per tablet. This is equivalent to 0.45% 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 film-coated 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 film-coated tablets?
Maltofer film-coated tablets should be taken with some liquid during or immediately after a meal. The daily dose can be divided into single doses or given all at once.
Maltofer film-coated tablets are not suitable for children under the age of 12.
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 film-coated tablet daily for several weeks in order to replenish the iron stores.
For iron deficiency without anemia: 1 film-coated 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.
Follow 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 film tablets have?
The following side effects can occur when taking Maltofer film 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 film-coated tablets contain?
1 Maltofer film-coated tablet contains 100 mg of iron in the form of iron (III) hydroxide polymaltose complex .
Macrogol 6000, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, coating: hypromellose, hydroxypropylcellulose, macrogol 6000, titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E 172), red Iron oxide (E172).
Where can you get Maltofer film-coated tablets? What packs are available?
In pharmacies and drugstores, without a doctor's prescription.
Maltofer film-coated tablets are available in packs of 30 and 100 film-coated tablets.
Vifor (International) AG,
9001 St Gallen
This package leaflet was last checked by the Medicines Agency (Swissmedic) in August 2021.