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FERROUS SULPHATE TABLETS BP 200MG

Active substance(s): DRIED FERROUS SULPHATE

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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.
• Do not pass this medicine on to others. It may
harm them, even if their symptoms are the
same as yours.

Index
1. What Ferrous Sulfate tablets are
and what they are used for
2. Before you take
3. How to take
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store
6. Further information
1. What Ferrous Sulfate tablets are
and what they are used for

Check with your doctor or pharmacist
before taking Ferrous Sulfate tablets if you
have:
• haemolytic anaemia
• a blood disease (haemoglobinopathy)
• an iron storage or absorption disease
• gastrointestinal disease

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
obtained with or without a prescription. Especially:
• tetracyclines (to treat infections)
• ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin (to treat
infections)
• colestyramine
• antacids (containing magnesium or aluminium)
• medicines containing zinc, calcium, phosphorus or
trientine
• methyldopa (to treat high blood pressure)
• penicillamine (for rheumatoid arthritis)
• levodopa (for Parkinson’s disease)
• ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Sugar intolerance
Ferrous Sulfate tablets belong to a group of medicines
If you have been told by your doctor that you have
called iron supplements. These medicines work by
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
replacing body iron. Iron is a mineral that the body
before taking this medicine, as it contains glucose,
needs to produce red blood cells. When the body does
sucrose and lactose.
not get enough iron, it cannot produce the number
of normal red blood cells needed to keep you in
good health. This condition is called iron-deficiency 3. How to take
anaemia.
Food and drink
Ferrous Sulfate tablets are used for the prevention and Ferrous Sulfate tablets should not be taken within
treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia.
one hour before or two hours after eating or drinking

2. Before you take

Do not take Ferrous Sulfate tablets if you:

• are allergic (hypersensitive) to dried ferrous
sulfate or any of the other ingredients in Ferrous
Sulfate tablets (see section 6).
• are receiving repeated blood transfusions
• are receiving iron intravenously
• have a disorder in which there is excessive
absorption and storage of iron such as
haemochromatosis.

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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 Sulfate tablets with any of the food or drink
listed.
Swallow the tablets whole with water. Although
iron preparations are best absorbed on an empty
stomach, they may be taken after food to reduce
gastrointestinal side effects.

Continued over page

Doses:
Adults and the elderly
Treatment: 2-3 tablets a day in divided doses.
Prevention: 1 tablet a day.
Children 6-12 years
Treatment:
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.

If you take more than you should

Reporting of side effects

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 the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
Do not use Ferrous Sulfate tablets after the expiry
date stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater
or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.

If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets
at the same time, or you think a child may have
swallowed any contact your nearest hospital
casualty department or tell your doctor immediately.
Symptoms of an overdose include:
• Up to 24 hours: stomach and intestinal
6. Further information
poisoning including being sick and diarrhoea,
heart disorders such as low blood pressure
What Ferrous Sulfate tablets contain
(hypotension) and a racing heart (tachycardia),
• The active substance (the ingredient that makes
metabolic changes such as too much acid
the tablets work) is dried ferrous sulfate BP. Each
in the body (acidosis) and high blood sugar
tablet contains 200mg dried ferrous sulfate BP
(hyperglycaemia), nervous system depression
equivalent to 65mg ferrous iron.
ranging from tiredness to coma, temporary relief of
• The other ingredients are spray dried liquid
symptoms may occur.
glucose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate,
• After 24 hours: stomach and intestinal
microcrystalline cellulose (101) (E460), lactose
poisoning and obstruction, shock, too much acid
granules containing lactose, maize starch,
in the body (acidosis), fits, coma, liver failure,
pregelatinised maize starch, purified talc
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the
(E553) acacia (E414), gelatin, sucrose, titanium
eyes), low blood sugar, problems with blood
dioxide (E171) and yellow carnauba wax.
clotting, low production of urine, kidney failure,
What Ferrous Sulfate tablets look like
fluid in the lungs.

If you forget to take the tablets

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose. If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as
you remember it and then take the next dose at the
right time.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Ferrous Sulfate tablets can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Contact your doctor if you have:
• an allergic reaction e.g. itchy skin rash, swelling
of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty
breathing or swallowing.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following
side effects:
• constipation occasionally causing faecal
impaction, diarrhoea, stomach pain, feeling sick
and blackened stools.

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and the contents of the pack

Ferrous Sulfate tablets are white, circular, biconvex,
sugar-coated tablets.
Pack sizes are 30 and 60.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in October 2015.

If you would like a leaflet
with larger text, please
contact 01271 385257.

Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

Ferrous Sulfate
Tablets 200mg
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.

Index
1 What Ferrous Sulfate
tablets are and what they
are used for
2 Before you take
3 How to take
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store
6 Further information
1 What Ferrous Sulfate tablets are

and what they are used for

Ferrous Sulfate tablets belong to a group of
medicines called iron supplements. These
medicines work by replacing body iron. Iron
is a mineral that the body needs to produce
red blood cells. When the body does not get
enough iron, it cannot produce the number
of normal red blood cells needed to keep you
in good health. This condition is called irondeficiency anaemia.
Ferrous Sulfate tablets are used for the
prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency
anaemia.

2 Before you take
Do not take Ferrous Sulfate tablets and
tell your doctor if you:

• are allergic (hypersensitive) to dried ferrous
sulfate or any of the other ingredients in
Ferrous Sulfate tablets (see section 6).
• a re receiving repeated blood transfusions
• are receiving iron intravenously
•h
 ave a disorder in which there is excessive
absorption and storage of iron such as
haemochromatosis.

Continued top of next column
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Check with your doctor or pharmacist
before taking Ferrous Sulfate tablets if
you have:
• haemolytic anaemia
• a blood disease (haemoglobinopathy)
• an iron storage or absorption disease
• gastrointestinal disease

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. Especially:
• tetracyclines (to treat infections)
• c iprofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin (to treat
infections)
• colestyramine
• a ntacids (containing magnesium or
aluminium)
•m
 edicines containing zinc, calcium,
phosphorus or trientine
•m
 ethyldopa (to treat high blood pressure)
• penicillamine (for rheumatoid arthritis)
• levodopa (for Parkinson’s disease)
• ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

Sugar intolerance

If you have been told by your doctor that you
have an intolerance to some sugars, contact
your doctor before taking this medicine, as it
contains glucose, sucrose and lactose.

3 How to take

Always take Ferrous Sulfate tablets exactly as
your doctor has told you. If you are not sure,
check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Food and drink
Ferrous Sulfate tablets should not be taken
within one hour before or two hours after
eating or drinking 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 Sulfate tablets with any of the food or
drink listed.

Continued over page

Swallow the tablets whole with water. Although
iron preparations are best absorbed on an empty
stomach, they may be taken after food to reduce
gastrointestinal side effects.
Doses:
Adults and the elderly
Treatment: 2-3 tablets a day in divided doses.
Prevention: 1 tablet a day.
Children 6-12 years
Treatment:
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.

If you take more than you should

If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of
tablets at the same time, or you think a child
may have swallowed any contact your nearest
hospital casualty department or tell your doctor
immediately. Symptoms of an overdose include:
•U
 p to 24 hours: stomach and intestinal poisoning
including being sick and diarrhoea, heart disorders
such as low blood pressure (hypotension) and a
racing heart (tachycardia), metabolic changes such
as too much acid in the body (acidosis) and high
blood sugar (hyperglycaemia), nervous system
depression ranging from tiredness to coma,
temporary relief of symptoms may occur.
•A
 fter 24 hours: stomach and intestinal poisoning
and obstruction, shock, too much acid in the
body (acidosis), fits, coma, liver failure, jaundice
(yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), low
blood sugar, problems with blood clotting, low
production of urine, kidney failure, fluid in the
lungs.

If you forget to take the tablets

Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose take it
as soon as you remember it and then take the next
dose at the right time.

4 Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Ferrous Sulfate tablets can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Reporting of side effects
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 the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5 How to store

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
Do not use Ferrous Sulfate tablets after the expiry
date stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater
or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.

6 Further information
What Ferrous Sulfate tablets contain

• T he active substance (the ingredient that makes
the tablets work) is dried ferrous sulfate BP. Each
tablet contains 200mg dried ferrous sulfate BP
equivalent to 65mg ferrous iron.
• The other ingredients are spray dried liquid
glucose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate,
microcrystalline cellulose (101) (E460), lactose
granules containing lactose, maize starch,
pregelatinised maize starch, purified talc (E553),
acacia (E414), gelatin, sucrose, titanium dioxide
(E171) and yellow carnauba wax.

What Ferrous Sulfate tablets look like and
the contents of the pack

Ferrous Sulfate tablets are white, circular, biconvex,
sugar-coated tablets.
Pack size is 100.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in – October 2015.

If you would like a leaflet
with larger text, please
contact 01271 385257.

Contact your doctor at once if you have an allergic
reaction e.g. itchy skin rash, swelling of the face,
lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or
swallowing.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following
side effects:
• constipation occasionally causing faecal impaction,
diarrhoea, stomach pain, feeling sick and
blackened stools.

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Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

Ferrous Sulfate 200mg tablets
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.

Index
1 What Ferrous Sulfate tablets are
and what they are used for
2 Before you take
3 How to take
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store
6 Further information
1 What Ferrous Sulfate tablets are and

what they are used for

Ferrous Sulfate tablets belong to a group of
medicines called iron supplements. These medicines
work by replacing body iron. Iron is a mineral that
the body needs to produce red blood cells. When the
body does not get enough iron, it cannot produce
the number of normal red blood cells needed to
keep you in good health. This condition is called irondeficiency anaemia.
Ferrous Sulfate tablets are used for the prevention
and treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia.

2 Before you take
Do not take Ferrous Sulfate tablets and tell
your doctor if you:

• are allergic (hypersensitive) to dried ferrous sulfate
or any of the other ingredients in Ferrous Sulfate
tablets (see section 6).
• are receiving repeated blood transfusions
• are receiving iron intravenously
•h
 ave a disorder in which there is excessive
absorption and storage of iron such as
haemochromatosis.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before
taking Ferrous Sulfate tablets if you have:
• haemolytic anaemia
• a blood disease (haemoglobinopathy)
• an iron storage or absorption disease
• gastrointestinal disease

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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.
Especially:
• tetracyclines (to treat infections)
• c iprofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin (to treat
infections)
• colestyramine
• a ntacids (containing magnesium or aluminium)
•m
 edicines containing zinc, calcium, phosphorus or
trientine
• methyldopa (to treat high blood pressure)
• penicillamine (for rheumatoid arthritis)
• levodopa (for Parkinson’s disease)
• ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

Sugar intolerance

If you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicine, as it contains glucose,
sucrose and lactose.

3 How to take

Always take Ferrous Sulfate tablets exactly as your
doctor has told you. If you are not sure, check with
your doctor or pharmacist.
Food and drink
Ferrous Sulfate tablets should not be taken within
one hour before or two hours after eating or drinking
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 Sulfate tablets with any of the food or drink
listed.
Swallow the tablets whole with water. Although
iron preparations are best absorbed on an empty
stomach, they may be taken after food to reduce
gastrointestinal side effects.
Doses:
Adults and the elderly
Treatment: 2-3 tablets a day in divided doses.
Prevention: 1 tablet a day.
Children 6-12 years
Treatment:
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.

Continued over page

If you take more than you should

If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets at the
same time, or you think a child may have swallowed any
contact your nearest hospital casualty department or
tell your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an overdose
include:
•U
 p to 24 hours: stomach and intestinal poisoning
including being sick and diarrhoea, heart disorders
such as low blood pressure (hypotension) and a racing
heart (tachycardia), metabolic changes such as too
much acid in the body (acidosis) and high blood sugar
(hyperglycaemia), nervous system depression ranging
from tiredness to coma, temporary relief of symptoms
may occur.
•A
 fter 24 hours: stomach and intestinal poisoning and
obstruction, shock, too much acid in the body (acidosis),
fits, coma, liver failure, jaundice (yellowing of the skin
or whites of the eyes), low blood sugar, problems with
blood clotting, low production of urine, kidney failure,
fluid in the lungs.

If you forget to take the tablets

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose. If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you
remember it and then take the next dose at the right
time.

4 Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Ferrous Sulfate tablets can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.

6 Further information
What Ferrous Sulfate tablets contain

• The active substance (the ingredient that makes the
tablets work) is dried ferrous sulfate BP. Each tablet
contains 200mg dried ferrous sulfate BP equivalent to
65mg ferrous iron.
• The other ingredients are spray dried liquid glucose,
stearic acid, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline
cellulose (101) (E460), lactose granules containing
lactose, maize starch, pregelatinised maize starch,
purified talc (E553), acacia (E414), gelatin, sucrose,
titanium dioxide (E171) and yellow carnauba wax.

What Ferrous Sulfate tablets look like and the
contents of the pack

Ferrous Sulfate tablets are white, circular, biconvex, sugarcoated tablets.
Pack size is 28 and 100.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.

This leaflet was last revised in – October 2015

If you would like a leaflet with larger
text, please contact 01271 385257.

Contact your doctor at once if you have an allergic
reaction e.g. itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips,
tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side
effects:
• c onstipation occasionally causing faecal impaction,
diarrhoea, stomach pain, feeling sick and blackened
stools.

Reporting of side effects
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
the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5 How to store

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
Do not use Ferrous Sulfate tablets after the expiry date
stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to
the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.

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