USES: Iron is an important mineral used by red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) improves the absorption of iron from the stomach. This medication is used as a dietary supplement to prevent or treat iron deficiency anemia.
Iron is an important mineral used by red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) improves the absorption of iron from the stomach. This medication is used as a dietary supplement to prevent or treat iron deficiency anemia. Notes
Some iron products contain vitamin C which is believed to increase iron absorption.
There are many iron supplement products available.
Some can be purchased without a prescription.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist on the choice of a product best for you.
This medication is not a substitute to proper diet.
It is important to maintain a well balanced diet.
Foods rich in iron include beans, nuts, asparagus, oatmeal, red meat, dried peaches, and pork liver.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
Do not store in the bathroom.
Keep out of the reach of children.
This medication is usually taken once a day as directed.
This medication is best taken on an empty stomach but may be taken with meals if stomach upset occurs.
Chew tablets thoroughly before swallowing.
Do not exceed recommended dosage.
Most people can take this medication with minimal or no side effects.
Stomach upset may occur.
Stools may appear darker in color due to the iron.
Do not be alarmed.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take ferrous sulfate (iron) without consulting a doctor if you have ulcers, colitis or intestinal disease.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This drug is excreted into breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Because ferrous sulfate can cause false results in tests for blood in the stools, tell the doctor or laboratory personnel that you take ferrous sulfate.
Eggs and milk decrease iron absorption.
Coffee and tea that is drunk with a meal or 1 hour after a meal may also decrease iron absorption.
Accidental overdose of iron-containing products can be very dangerous and even fatal.
Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
If overdose occurs, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of chloramphenicol, penicillamine, methyldopa, levodopa, cimetidine and quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin).
Avoid taking iron at the same time as antacids or tetracycline antibiotics.
Wait at least two hours between taking iron and an antacid or tetracycline.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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