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Ferrous Fumarate 210mg Tablets
Ferrous Fumarate 210mg Tablets
The name of your medicine is Ferrous Fumarate 210mg Tablets. It will be referred to as Ferrous Fumarate Tablets for ease hereafter.
1. What Ferrous Fumarate Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Ferrous Fumarate Tablets
3. How to take Ferrous Fumarate Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ferrous Fumarate Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Ferrous Fumarate Tablets contain a form of iron called ferrous fumarate. Iron is usually found in foods and is necessary for the normal development of red blood cells.
A lack of iron affects the development of the red blood cells and causes a reduction in the number of red blood cells found in the body (iron deficiency anaemia).
Ferrous Fumarate Tablets are used to prevent or treat iron deficiency anaemia. The prevention of iron deficiency during pregnancy usually requires a combination of iron and folic acid.
Speak to your doctor if any of these apply to you before you take your medicine.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Ferrous Fumarate Tablets if:
If any of these conditions apply to you, speak to your doctor before you take these tablets. Your doctor will want to watch you closely, and will advise you if any additional medicine is required to treat your condition.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
The effects of any of these medicines or of Ferrous Fumarate Tablets may change, particularly if you are taking:
Ferrous Fumarate Tablets may be taken with meals. This may help to relieve any stomach-related side effects. However, it is advisable not to take your medicine with tea, eggs or milk as this may reduce the effect of the tablets. Ferrous Fumarate Tablets should be taken with a glass of water.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per dosage, that is to say essentially ‘sodium-free’.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
It is important to take your medicine at the right time.
The label will tell you how much to take and how often.
The recommended dose is:
The usual dose to treat Iron deficiency anaemia is one tablet two to three times a day.The dose for prevention of anaemia is one tablet once or twice a day.Swallow the tablets with a glass of water. You can also chew or crush the tablets. Taking Ferrous Fumarate Tablets with meals may help to relieve any stomach related side effects. Your doctor will advise you on how long you should take the tablets. You can stop taking the tablets three months after the anaemia has been corrected. You should not take the tablets for more than six months.
Ferrous Fumarate Tablets are not suitable for use in children.
Your medicine is very dangerous if taken by young children and care should be taken to keep the medicine safely out of the reach of children. If you have to go to another doctor or to the hospital tell them you are taking Ferrous Fumarate Tablets.
If you take too many tablets, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or doctor immediately. Take any remaining tablets and this leaflet with you so that the medical staff know exactly what you have taken. Your medicine is very dangerous if taken by young children and care should be taken to keep the medicine safely out of the reach of children.
Signs and symptoms of an iron overdose include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting of blood (haematemesis), and rectal bleeding.
Take your dose as soon as you remember. Then go on as before. If it is almost time for the next dose, then do not take the missed dose at all.
If you are having no problems with your tablets, do not stop taking them until your doctor tells you to.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
They might be:
Common side effects: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
Also, you might find your stools are darker in colour after you have taken this medicine. This is quite commonly seen with all iron preparations and is normal.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Important warning: contains iron.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children, as overdose may be fatal.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package/container in order to protect from light.
If you have any of your medicine left after finishing your treatment, return it to your pharmacist.
Do not use your medicine if the pack is damaged or after the Expiry Date stated on the carton and blister.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
This medicine is for YOU. Never give it to anyone else. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
The active substance is ferrous fumarate. Each tablet contains 210mg ferrous fumarate (approximately 65-70 mg of elemental iron). Ferrous fumarate is an iron compound.
The other ingredients are maize starch, sodium lauryl sulfate, gelatin, liquid paraffin and purified water.
Ferrous Fumarate Tablets are light brown in colour. Ferrous Fumarate Tablets are usually available in containers with child proof lids containing 100 or 1000 tablets or supplied in blisters packs of 28, 56, 84 and 112 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
This leaflet was last revised in August 2023.