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FERROUS SULPHATE

Brand Name(s) : Ferrograd
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

FERROUS SULPHATE WARNINGS

Ferrous sulphate should be used with caution in:
inflammatory conditions of the intestines; patients with difficulty in absorbing certain sugars (glucose or galactose); patients taking tetracyclines, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, bisphosphates, penicillamine, colestyramine, entacapone, antacids, methyldopa, levodopa and medicines containing zinc, calcium, phosphorus or trientine.

It should not be used in:
patients with allergies to ferrous sulphate or any of the other ingredients, those with anaemia caused by anything other than iron deficiency, those receiving repeated blood transfusions, those receiving iron via the intravenous route, those who have ulcerative colitis or any other inflammatory condition of the bowels, patients with excess iron in their blood.

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store above 25ºC. Protect from light.

FERROUS SULPHATE USES

Ferrous sulphate is used to treat iron-deficiency.

It is an oral iron salt.

It is used to increase levels of iron and red-blood cells in the body.

In general this drug is used to treat or prevent iron-deficient anaemia (low levels of red blood cells due to lack of iron)

Benefits of being on this drug can include increases in iron and red-blood cells in the body.

Listed below are the typical uses of ferrous sulphate.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Ferrous Sulphate tablets should not be taken within one hour before or two hours after eating or drinking the following products: tea, coffee, milk, eggs and whole grains. These products can reduce the absorption of iron. Meat and products containing vitamin C can increase the absorption of iron. Follow the advice of your dietician or doctor when taking Ferrous Sulphate tablets with any of the food or drink listed.
  • Take this medication orally either once daily for preventative treatment or 2-3 daily for treatment of iron-deficient anaemia, with water.
  • Use this medication for as long as recommended by your doctor in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • 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.

When can I stop?

  • Always complete the full course as prescribed by your doctor.

FERROUS SULPHATE 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:
an allergic reaction e.g. itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing; constipation occasionally causing faecal impaction, diarrhoea, stomachpain, feeling sick and blackened stools.

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 SULPHATE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking ferrous sulphate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other iron supplement; 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 if you have: hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients; patients with excess absorption and storage of iron (haemochromatosis or haemosiderosis); patients with repeated blood transfusions; patients who are receiving iron intravenously.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following: haemolytic anaemia; a blood disease (haemoglobinopathy); an iron storage or absorption disease; gastrointestinal disease.

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

Alcohol intake does not appear to affect this drug.

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

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

PREGNANCY

Ferrous sulphate 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

breastfeeding
Ferrous sulphate is suitable to take if you are breastfeeding.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

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 SULPHATE 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:

  • intravenous iron.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:
tetracyclines, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, bisphosphates, penicillamine, colestyramine, entacapone, antacids, dimercaprol, methyldopa, levodopa and medicines containing zinc, calcium, phosphorus or trientine.

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

FERROUS SULPHATE OVERDOSE

If you take too many tablets, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or doctor immediately. Take any remaining tablets and the package leaflet with you so that the medical staff know exactly what you have taken. This medicine is very dangerous if taken by young children and care should be taken to keep the medicine safely out of the reach of children.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of ferrous sulphate 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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