Always consult a medical doctor or patient care specialist before using ferrous sulfate and folic acid tablets.
Indications and Usage
Ferrous sulfate and folic acid tablets are used to treat iron deficiency anemia (a lack of red blood cells caused by having too little iron in the body). Ferrous sulfate is a type of iron and is an essential body mineral. It works by replacing iron in your body if your body does not produce enough on its own.
Ferrous sulfate and folic acid tablets are contraindicated in patients who are taking calcium tablets as it inhibit the absorption of iron in the blood.
Do NOT use ferrous sulfate and folic acid tablet if you have:
- Iron overload syndrome;
- Hemolytic anemia (a lack of red blood cells);
- Porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system);
- Thalassemia (a genetic disorder of red blood cells);
- If you receive regular blood transfusions.
There is little evidence with regards to the use of ferrous sulfate and folic acid during pregnancy or breast feeding, so consult your doctor or health care professional before this medication.
It is not known whether ferrous sulfate and folic acid passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before taking this medication or before breast-feeding.
Driving or operating machinery should be avoided, as it does may cause dizziness, drowsiness, hypotension, or headache.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. Usual dose for adults is: 500mg (in severe anemic condition). Administration of the medication should be oral on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Avoid taking antacids or antibiotics within 2 hours before or after taking ferrous sulfate.
Symptoms of overdose include trouble breathing and passing out. Other symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, shallow breathing, weak and rapid pulse, pale skin, blue lips, and seizure (convulsions). These symptoms have to be reported to the medical health professional. Seek medical help urgently.