Pharmacotherapeutical group: Antianaemicum.
Maltofer Fol chewable tablets is a combination preparation containing iron and folic acid for the treatment of iron deficiency (during lactation).
In Maltofer Fol chewable tablets, the content of folic acid is according to the WHO guidelines. Folic acid is an important vitamin for the development of the unborn child. Folic acid deficiency in the first weeks of pregnancy can lead to malformations in the child.
Iron is an important constituent of haemoglobin, myoglobin, and the enzymes which contain iron. Iron deficiency is particularly frequent during pregnancy and lactation, and manifests itself as chronic fatigue, lack of concentration, irritability, nervousness, headache, loss of appetite, susceptibility to stress and infection, paleness, cracks at the corners of the mouth (rhagades), dry skin, brittle hair and nails.
The iron in Maltofer Fol chewable tablets is present as Iron (III)-Hydroxide Complex, where individual particles are embedded in a carbohydrate polymer (polymaltose). This prevents the iron from causing any harm in the gastrointestinal system. This protection inhibits interactions of the iron with food. Moreover, it ensures the bioavailability of the iron. The structure of IPC is similar to ferritin, the naturally occurring iron storage protein. Due to this similarity, iron is absorbed through natural mechanisms.
IPC has no pro-oxidative properties such as there are with bivalent iron salts.