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Ferrous Sulphate tablets belong to a group of medicines called iron supplements. These medicines work by replacing body iron. Iron is a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells. When the body does not get enough iron, it cannot produce the number of normal red blood cells needed to keep you in good health. This condition is called iron-deficiency anaemia.
Ferrous Sulphate tablets are used for the prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia.
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.
Swallow the tablets whole with water. Although iron preparations are best absorbed on an empty stomach, they may be taken after food to reduce gastrointestinal side effects.
Adults and the elderly
Treatment: 2-3 tablets a day in divided doses.
Prevention: 1 tablet a day.
Not form under 12 years old.
Do not take Ferrous Sulphate tablets and tell your doctor if you:
•are allergic (hypersensitive) to dried ferrous sulphate or any of the other ingredients in Ferrous Sulphate tablets (see section 6).
•are receiving repeated blood transfusions
•are receiving iron intravenously
•have a disorder in which there is excessive absorption and storage of iron such as haemochromatosis.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Ferrous Sulphate tablets if you have:
•a blood disease (haemoglobinopathy)
•an iron storage or absorption disease
Ferrous Sulphate 200mg tablets are white, circular, biconvex, sugar-coated tablets.
Like all medicines, Ferrous Sulphate tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Contact your doctor at once if you have an allergic reaction e.g. itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects:
•constipation occasionally causing faecal impaction, diarrhoea, stomach pain, feeling sick and blackened stools.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following effects, they get worse or if you notice any not listed.