Ferrous Sulfate
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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Ferrous Sulfate Overview

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(FER us SUL fate)

U.S. Brand Names

Feosol® [OTC]; Fer-Gen-Sol [OTC]; Fer-In-Sol® [OTC]; Fer-iron® [OTC]; Feratab® [OTC]; MyKidz Iron 10™ [OTC]; Slow FE® [OTC]

Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Ferrous Sulfate®; Fer-In-Sol®; Ferodan™

Mexican Brand Names

Hemobion

Pharmacologic Category

Iron Salt

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Keep away from children. Accidental poisonings with iron occur most often in children. Initial signs of overdose include feeling tired, nausea, vomiting, belly pain, dark tarry-black stool, and weak or fast heartbeat.

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to ferrous sulfate or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Anemia from a cause other than low iron stores, too much iron in your body, or thalassemia.

How does it work?

• Iron plays an important role in taking oxygen and transporting it to where it is needed in the body. Iron is taken into the red blood cells and made into hemoglobin. Hemoglobin actually carries the oxygen around in the body.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Take this medicine 1 hour before or 2 hours after bran, fiber supplements, tea, coffee, dairy products, or eggs.

• Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• Mix liquid with water or juice and drink through a straw to decrease stains on teeth. Rinse mouth.

• Follow diet plan as recommended by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:41:32.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:22:36.0

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