Generic name: Ferrous Sulfate Drops [ FER-us-SUL-fate ]
Brand names: Fer-Gen-Sol, Fer-In-Sol
Drug class: Iron products
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 4, 2022.
- Accidental overdose of drugs that have iron in them is a leading cause of deadly poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. Keep away from children. If this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) is taken by accident, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
Uses of Ferrous Sulfate Drops:
- It is used to aid diet needs.
- It is used to treat or prevent low iron in the body.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ferrous Sulfate Drops?
- If you have an allergy to ferrous sulfate or any other part of this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops).
- If you are allergic to this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops); any part of this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Too much iron in your body or anemia from a cause other than low iron.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ferrous Sulfate Drops?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops).
- If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
- If you are allergic to sulfites, talk with your doctor. Some products have sulfites.
- This medicine prevents many other drugs from getting into the body. If you take other drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take them at some other time than this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops).
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Ferrous Sulfate Drops) best taken?
Use this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- This medicine works better if you take it on an empty stomach. You may take this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) with food if it causes an upset stomach. Some foods like eggs, whole grain breads, cereal, dairy products, coffee, and tea may make this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) not work as well. If this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) causes an upset stomach, talk with your doctor about the best way to take this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) with food.
- If antacids are used, they may need to be taken at some other time than this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops). Talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Only use the measuring device that comes with this liquid drug.
- Shake well before use.
- You may put this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops) right in the mouth or you may mix it with formula, fruit juice, cereal or other food, water or juice. Take the whole dose.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
What are some other side effects of Ferrous Sulfate Drops?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Belly pain.
- Change in color of stool to green.
- Not hungry.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Stomach cramps.
- Staining of the mouth, teeth, or fillings.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Ferrous Sulfate Drops?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Do not freeze.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (ferrous sulfate drops), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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