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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Ferrous Sulphate Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Ferrous Sulphate Tablets
3. How to take Ferrous Sulphate Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ferrous Sulphate Tablets
6. Further information
1. What Ferrous Sulphate Tablets are and what they are used for
Ferrous Sulphate Tablets contain a form of iron called ferrous sulphate . 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 iron deficiency anaemia.
Ferrous Sulphate tablets are used:
• To prevent or treat iron deficiency anaemia.
2. Before you take Ferrous Sulphate Tablets
DO NOT take Ferrous Sulphate Tablets if:
• You know that you are allergic to ferrous sulphate or any of the other ingredients (see section 6
of this leaflet), or to any other medicine containing iron
• You suffer from any form of anaemia other than iron deficiency anaemia
• You are receiving repeated blood transfusions
• You are receiving iron intravenously
• You have a disorder in which there is excessive absorption and storage of iron such as
• You have a stomach or duodenal ulcer, or inflammation of the bowel
• Speak to your doctor if any of these apply to you before you take your medicine.
Take special care with Ferrous Sulphate Tablets if:
• You have difficulty in absorbing certain sugars (glucose or galactose)
• You have an abnormal narrowing(stricture) of the Gastrointestinal tract
• You suffer from a condition, wherein abnormal small pouches stick out of the side of the
intestine causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating,
wind(diverticular disease)
• You have a past history of stomach or duodenal ulcer 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.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. The effects of any of these
medicines or of Ferrous sulphate Tablets may change, particularly if you are taking:
• Certain antibiotics (i.e. chloramphenicol and tetracycline antibiotics such as tetracycline or
doxycycline, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, ofloxacin).
• Medicines containing zinc salts.
• Penicillamine used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
• Entacapone used in the treatment of brain disorders like Parkinson's disease.
• Cholestyramine, used in the treatment of high blood cholesterol.
• Biphosphonates, used to prevent bone loss in the treatment of osteoporosis.
• Calcium Salts, supplementary source of calcium used when a deficiency of the same exists.
• Levothyroxine, used in the management of thyroidproblems.
• Mycophenolate, a drug used to prevent the rejection of a new organ introduced in the body.
• Dimercaprol, used for the treatment of metal poisoning.
• Methyldopa, used for the management of high blood pressure.
• Magnesium salts (as magnesium trisilicate), for acidity.
• Trientine, used for the management of a condition called Wilson's Disease (a disease in which
there is too much copper in the body).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Ferrous Sulphate Tablets
These tablets contain sucrose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have are intolerant
to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3. How to take Ferrous Sulphate Tablets
It is important to take your medicine at the right time. You must take it as directed by your
doctor. The label will tell you how much to take and how often. If you are not sure, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
Adults and the elderly
Treatment: 2-3 tablets a day in divided doses.
Prevention: 1 tablet once or twice a day.
Children 6-12 years
Children weighing over 22kg: one tablet a day.
Children weighing over 44kg: one tablet twice a day.
Children weighing over 66kg: one tablet three times a day.
Children under 6 years or weighing less than 22kg
Not recommended.
Swallow the tablets with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Taking Ferrous

Sulphate Tablets with meals may help to relieve any stomach related side effects.
Food and drink
Ferrous Sulphate tablets should not be taken with the following products: tea, coffee, milk, eggs
and whole grains. These products can reduce the absorption of iron. Meat and products
containing vitamin C can increase the absorption of iron. Follow the advice of your dietician or
doctor when taking Ferrous Sulphate tablets with any of the food or drink listed.
Your doctor will advise you on how long you should take the tablets, which is normally not more
than six months.
Ferrous Sulphate Tablets are not suitable for use in children.
If you have to go to another doctor or to the hospital tell them you are taking Ferrous Sulphate
If you take more Ferrous Sulphate Tablets than you should:
If you take too many tablets, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or doctor
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.
If you forget to take your Ferrous Sulphate Tablets:
If you forget to take a dose, do not take double the dose but take the next dose at the usual time.
If you stop taking Ferrous Sulphate Tablets:
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 about these tablets, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Ferrous Sulphate Tablets can sometimes cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them. Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects:
• an allergic reaction e.g. itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or
difficulty breathing or swallowing
• Stomach discomfort
• Feeling sick or being sick
• Constipation occasionally causing faecal impaction
• Diarrhoea
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 these side effects get serious, or if you notice any other side effect not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Important warning: Contains iron.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children, as overdose may be fatal.
5. How to store Ferrous Sulphate Tablets
Do not store above 25°C. 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 printed on
the container.
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 sulphate. Each tablet contains 200mg ferrous sulphate.
Ferrous sulphate is an iron compound.
The other ingredients are kaolin, glucose monohydrate, povidone, stearic acid, magnesium
stearate, sodium lauryl sulphate, opagloss, titanium dioxide E171, starch and sucrose.
What Ferrous Sulphate Tablets look like and contents of pack:
Each tablet is white, sugar coated and contains 200mg ferrous sulphate. Ferrous Sulphate Tablets
are usually available in polypropylene securitainers containing 50, 100, 500, or 1000 tablets and
Aluminium/PVC/PVdC blister pack of 28 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing authorization holder:
Mercury Pharma (Generics) Ltd.,
Capital House, 85 King William Street,
London EC4N 7BL, UK
Haupt Pharma Münster GmbH,
Schleebruggen Kamp 15, 48159, Münster, Germany.
This leaflet was last revised in December 2013.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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