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Ferrous sulfate is packaged as tablets, or as drops that can be swallowed. There are modified-release capsules and tablets of ferrous sulfate, but you cannot absorb them. The medicine is available and can be bought as a prescription or over-the-counter. Ferrous sulfate is also referred to as Ferrograd, Feospan, and Ironorm Drops.
A good number of adults and some children over the age of 12 can take ferrous sulfate but should get advice from a pharmacist or doctor first. To ensure your safety, inform your pharmacist or doctor prior to taking ferrous sulfate if you: You've been allergic to ferrous sulfate or some other medication in the past Have a type of anaemia that's not associated with low iron levels Have other conditions affecting the levels of your iron, like haemosiderosis or hemochromatosis Have a condition affecting your red blood cells, like thalassaemia or sickle cell anaemia Are suffering from a stomach ulcer, have bowel problems and have had all or a section of your stomach removed Are receiving ongoing blood transfusions Have identified blood in your pee Have an iron deficiency and getting treatment for it
If you buy ferrous sulfate as a prescription, it would be best to follow instructions from your pharmacist or doctor about how and when to take your medicine. If you bought it over-the-counter from a pharmacy, read carefully and follow the instructions on the Patient Information Leaflet found inside the medicine package. Ferrous sulfate is packaged as drops or 200mg tablets that you swallow. The drops comprise 125mg of ferrous sulfate in every 1ml. The drops may come in handy to those who find it hard to swallow or for children.
Just like any other medication, ferrous sulfate has rare side effects. However, many people don't experience them. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if the side effects worry you or don't go away: feeling or being sick nausea or vomiting loss of appetite stomach pain or heartburn constipation dark or black poo diarrhoea black stained teeth