Ferrous sulfate

Generic Medicine Info
Should be taken on an empty stomach. Best taken on an empty stomach. May be taken w/ meals to reduce GI discomfort.
Haemochromatosis, other iron overload syndromes. Blood disorders (e.g. paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria, haemolytic anaemia, haemosiderosis, other anaemias); active peptic ulcer, regional enteritis and ulcerative colitis. Patient receiving frequent blood transfusions. Concomitant parenteral iron therapy.
Special Precautions
Patient with haemoglobinopathies, iron storage or iron absorption diseases, existing gastrointestinal disease, history of peptic ulcer, intestinal strictures or diverticula. Children and elderly. Pregnancy and lactation. Monitoring Parameters Monitor Hb and haematocrit; RBC count and indices, serum ferritin, transferrin saturation, total iron-binding capacity, serum iron concentration and erythrocyte protoporphyrin concentration.
Adverse Reactions
Gastrointestinal disorders: Gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, diarrhoea, constipation, blackening of stool, tooth discolouration, abdominal discomfort. Immune system disorders: Hypersensitivity.
Drug Interactions
May decrease the absorption of tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin), bisphosphonates, levodopa, methyldopa, penicillamine, entacapone and levothyroxine. Reduced absorption with antacids, products containing zinc, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and trientine. Colestyramine binds iron to the gastrointestinal tract thus preventing its absorption. Delayed plasma clearance with chloramphenicol.
ATC Classification
B03AA07 - ferrous sulfate ; Belongs to the class of oral iron bivalent preparations. Used in the treatment of anemia.
B03AD03 - ferrous sulfate ; Belongs to the class of iron in combination with folic acid. Used in the treatment of anemia.
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