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FERROUS GLUCONATE

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Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

FERROUS GLUCONATE WARNINGS

Ferrous gluconate should be used with caution in: children, pregnant women during the first 3 months of pregnancy, those who have had a stomach or duodenal ulcer or have an ulcer which is now under control with treatment, or have had major stomach surgery.

It should not be used in: those with anaemia because of any reason other than iron deficiency, a recently diagnosed stomach or duodenal ulcer, are undergoing repeated blood transfusions, have ulcerative colitis or any other inflammatory condition of the bowels, or have blood in the urine.

Also see list of precautions and interactions.

STORAGE

Protect from light and store below 30°C.

FERROUS GLUCONATE USES

What is it used for?

  • Ferrous gluconate is used to treat anaemia (not enough red blood cells in the blood).
  • It is an iron-containing drug, and is sometimes known as an oral iron salt or iron.
  • It is used to treat anaemia caused by a deficiency of iron. Anaemia is when your blood does not contain enough red blood cells and the symptoms may be tiredness, weakness and shortness of breath. Ferrous gluconate is a form of iron that can be absorbed and used by the body, and works in the same manner as foods containing iron (iron is necessary for the normal development of red blood cells as a lack of iron affects the development of the red blood cells and causes iron deficiency anaemia).
  • In general this drug is used to treat anaemia because of iron deficiency (e.g. a poor diet, or in those who need extra iron such as during pregnancy, women with heavy periods, following surgery to remove all or part of the stomach (gastrectomy), patients undergoing dialysis or premature babies).
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include increased production of red blood cells and reduction of symptoms associated with anaemia such as weakness and shortness of breath.

Listed below are the typical uses of ferrous gluconate.

  • Prevention and treatment of an iron-deficiency state.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth, usually 1–3 times daily, before eating. Tablets should be taken with water.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • It may take some time before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Not known. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.

FERROUS GLUCONATE SIDE EFFECTS

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: none known.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

FERROUS GLUCONATE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking ferrous gluconate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other drugs containing iron; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of: anaemia because of any reason other than iron deficiency, a recently diagnosed stomach or duodenal ulcer, are undergoing repeated blood transfusions, have ulcerative colitis or any other inflammatory condition of the bowels, or have blood in the urine.

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following: a stomach or duodenal ulcer or have an ulcer which is now under control with treatment, or have had major stomach surgery.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • It is not known whether drinking alcohol affects this drug's action.

The elderly: ferrous gluconate can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Ferrous gluconate is suitable to take during pregnancy, if considered clinically appropriate by your doctor.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Ferrous fumarate is suitable to take while breastfeeding, if considered clinically appropriate by your doctor

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

FERROUS GLUCONATE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur: none known.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using ferrous gluconate, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

FERROUS GLUCONATE OVERDOSE

Taking too much ferrous gluconate may cause the following: stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea appear within 60 minutes, and collapse with coma may follow. Some improvement or recovery may occur afterwards in some patients; in others after about 16 hours, deterioration may occur with heart problems, fluid retention in the lungs (pulmonary oedema) causing breathing difficulties, convulsions, lack of urine production, drop in body temperature (hypothermia), heart failure, having too much acid in the blood and body tissues (acidosis), or low blood sugar levels.

People who have taken too much ferrous gluconate should seek emergency treatment immediately. Overdose with this drug can be very dangerous, particularly if a child has taken an overdose.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of ferrous gluconate or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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