Iron Supplements

Iron supplements provide the body with the extra amounts of iron needed to produce red blood cells. It is used to treat or prevent iron deficiency anemia, a condition that occurs when the body has fewer red blood cells than it needs because of a poor diet, excess bleeding, or as the result of other medical problems.

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What is this medicine used for?

Iron supplements provide the body with the extra amounts of iron needed to produce red blood cells. It is used to treat or prevent iron deficiency anemia, a condition that occurs when the body has fewer red blood cells than it needs because of a poor diet, excess bleeding, or as the result of other medical problems.

Related: Anaemia

Dosage and How to Use

Iron supplements come in both tablet and liquid forms, to be taken orally. Your doctor will choose the form that is best for you. The liquid forms are generally more used for children. It should be shaken well before each use. If you are giving drops to a child, the drops may be placed directly into the child’s mouth or mixed into water or fruit juice. Be sure to measure the drops carefully and give the child only the amount that the doctor tells you to give.

Continue taking it as long as your doctor tells you to take it. The liquid form may change its colour over time, but this does not affect the strength of the drug, and you may continue to take it even if this change occurs.

  • Sangobion and Ferbeaplex are better absorbed when taken on an empty stomach, however, if stomach discomfort occurs; please take the medication after food

  • Floron and Iron Polymaltose Drops (Maltofer®) are better absorbed when taken with or after food.

Missed a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If you remember a missed dose at the time of your next dose, omit the missed dose and take only your regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Related: Know Your Medication

Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindication

What side effects can this medicine cause? What can I do about them?

  • Upset stomach or vomiting. If these side effects occur, disregard the instructions to take the medication on an empty stomach and take it with meals or a snack.

  • Constipation. Drink extra fluids and add foods such as bran products and prunes to your diet. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about what you should eat to help avoid this problem.

  • Darkening of stools. This side effect is harmless.

Other precautions:

Do not take iron supplements (exception: Floron and Maltofer®) together with milk and other calcium-rich foods or supplements, coffee and black tea as it may decrease the absorption of iron – it is best to separate them two hours apart. Certain medications, such as antacids, tetracycline (e.g. doxycycline) and fluoroquinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin), may affect the way your body responds to iron supplements. Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any other medications you may be taking before you begin. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you wish to start another medication while on iron supplements.

Related: Medication, Dispensing & Counselling

Handling and Storage

Keep this medication in the container it came in.

Additional Information

There are a few types of iron supplements available:

  • Sangobion

  • Floron

  • Ferbeaplex (Ferrous Sulphate Compound)

  • Iron Polymaltose Drops (Maltofer®)

This article answers some common questions about iron supplements. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.


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