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How does iron interact with medications or food?

Tell your doctor of all the medicines, supplements, or vitamins that you take (prescription or over-the-counter). There are certain medicines that must be taken three hours after or two hours before taking iron. These are: ciprofloxacin (Cipro), demeclocycline, doxycycline, levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), methacycline, minocycline, nalidixic acid (NegGram), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), oxytetracycline, or tetracycline. You also should not take antacids at the same time you take iron. You should take antacids as far from the time you take iron as possible.

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