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Ferrous Sulfate

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: Slow FE, Fer-In-Sol, Feratab, Iron, Mol-Iron, Feosol, MyKidz Iron 10

Generic Name: Ferrous Sulfate

Drug Class: Iron Products

What Is Ferrous Sulfate and How Does It Work?

Ferrous sulfate is an iron supplement used to treat or prevent low blood levels of iron (e.g., for anemia or during pregnancy). Iron is an important mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells and keep you in good health.

Ferrous sulfate is available under the following different brand names: Slow FE, Fer-In-Sol, Feratab, Iron, Mol-Iron, Feosol, and MyKidz Iron 10.

Dosages of Ferrous Sulfate:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Oral solution

  • 220mg (44mg Fe)/5mL
  • 300mg (60mg Fe)/5mL (adult only)
  • 15 mg elemental Fe/mL

Oral liquid drops

  • 75mg (15mg Fe)/mL

Tablet

  • 45mg elemental Fe
  • 200mg (65mg Fe)
  • 300mg (60mg Fe)
  • 325mg (65mg Fe)

Tablet, delayed release

  • 325mg (65mg Fe)

Tablet, extended release

  • 160mg (50mg Fe)
  • 142mg (45 mg Fe)
  • 140mg (45 mg Fe)

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Recommended Daily Allowance (Elemental Iron)

Children 0-6 months: 0.27 mg/day

Children 6-12 months: 11 mg/day

Children 1-3 years: 7 mg/day

Children 3-8 years: 10 mg/day

Children 8-13 years: 8 mg/day

Children over 13 years:

  • Males: 11 mg/day
  • Females: 15 mg/day
  • Pregnant females: 27 mg/day
  • Lactating females: 10 mg/day

Adults 19-50 years:

  • Males: 8 mg/day
  • Females: 18 mg/day
  • Pregnant females: 27 mg/day
  • Lactating females: 9 mg/day

Adults over 50 years: 8 mg/day

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Treatment expressed as elemental iron

  • 100-200 mg orally divided every 12 hours; may administer extended release form once daily

Prophylaxis expressed as elemental iron

  • 60 mg orally once daily

Pediatric:

Treatment expressed as elemental iron

  • 3-6 mg Fe/kg/day orally divided every 8 hours

Prophylaxis expressed as elemental iron

  • Children 4 months and older receiving human milk as only nutritional source or greater than 50% as source of nutrition: 1 mg/kg/day orally
  • Children 6 months to 2 years in areas where anemia prevalence is greater than 40% and iron fortified food not available: 2 mg/kg/day
  • Children 2-5 years in areas where anemia prevalence greater than 40%: 2 mg/kg/day orally; not to exceed 30 mg/day
  • Children over 5 years in areas where anemia prevalence greater than 40%: 30 mg/day with folic acid
  • Adolescents in areas where anemia prevalence is greater than 40%: 60 mg/day with folic acid

Administration

For maximum absorption, agent should be taken on empty stomach but may be taken with or after meals to minimize gastrointestinal (GI) irritation

Vitamin C may enhance absorption

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/29/2017



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