What Do I Need to Know About Iron and Iron Deficiency?
- Iron is an important mineral that your body needs. Iron helps your body make hemoglobin, a protein in your blood that carries oxygen from your lungs throughout your body
- Iron deficiency (ID) is a condition of too little iron in the body. It happens when the body either does not absorb enough iron or if it loses iron through blood loss
- If ID continues and your body needs more iron than you are getting, you may develop iron deficiency anemia (IDA)
- You can have ID with or without anemia
What Are Some of the Causes of ID and IDA?
How Can I Tell if I Need Iron-Replacement Treatment?
- The most common symptom of ID or IDA is feeling tired. You might also have headaches, feel dizzy, or have pale skin
- If ID or IDA becomes worse, you may have chest pain, a fast heartbeat, or trouble breathing during exercise
- Your doctor may ask you to have a blood test called a complete blood count. If you have ID or IDA, there are more tests that can help your doctor find out the cause
- If you need more iron, iron-replacement therapy will help you feel better, help increase the level of oxygen in your blood, and help prevent serious complications
How is ID or IDA Treated?
There are both prescription drugs and over-the-counter iron supplements for treating ID and IDA. It is important to understand the difference between the two.
* The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a government agency that protects public health by making sure drugs are safe and effective.
Older oral iron medications can be hard on your stomach and cause side effects
Because of this, many people stop taking them before they can work
Finally, an oral iron treatment that is both effective and tolerable
Accrufer is a unique oral prescription medicine for adults that treats low iron stores in your body
Accrufer is different because it protects iron within the maltol (sugar) complex, preventing it from breaking down in the stomach.
- Studies have shown that Accrufer is an effective low-dose treatment for ID and IDA
- In a clinical study, one-third of people taking Accrufer had normal hemoglobin levels in 4 weeks
- By week 12, more than 70% of people had normal hemoglobin levels
- Accrufer is effective for both short-term and long-term treatment
- The most common side effects were gas, diarrhea, constipation, and/or discolored stools. Less than 5% of patients in the primary studies stopped taking Accrufer because of side effects
Do not take Accrufer if you are allergic to ferric maltol or any of the ingredients in Accrufer; have any illness that causes you to store too much iron in your body or if you have a problem with how your body uses iron; are receiving repeated blood transfusions; are experiencing an active IBD flare.
Taking Accrufer with certain other medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements may affect how each medicine works causing serious side effects.
Accrufer Is Easy To Take
Accrufer is a convenient capsule you can take at home for iron replacement
Take one 30-mg capsule of Accrufer twice a day on an empty stomach
How Do I Get Accrufer?
With the Accrufer Simple Savings Program, you may be eligible to pay as little as $10* per prescription
The Accrufer Simple Savings Program provides support for your treatment journey, including prescription savings for commercially insured patients. To activate your savings card or download a new card click below to enroll and save on your next prescription.Save Now
Accrufer is available through flexible pharmacy options
Accrufer is available at a dedicated pharmacy that can ship your prescription directly to you, or you can go to any retail pharmacy.
*Restrictions and maximum savings limits apply. Coverage and out-of-pocket costs may vary. This offer is valid only for patients with commercial insurance. Offer not valid for patients participating in Medicare, Medicaid, or other government healthcare programs. Additional terms and conditions apply.