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Ferrous fumarate/folic acid and Alcohol/Food Interactions

There are 2 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with ferrous fumarate/folic acid.


Folic Acid Food

Moderate Food Interaction

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

MONITOR: Ethanol may increase folic acid elimination and folic acid absorption is decreased in chronic alcoholics. Excessive alcohol consumption may lead to folate deficiency.

MANAGEMENT: Monitoring of patient response to folic acid supplementation if they also consume alcohol regularly may be recommended.


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  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information."
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  4. Cerner Multum, Inc (2015) "ANVISA Bulário Eletrônico."
  5. (2017) "Product Information. Folic Acid (folic acid)." Method Pharmaceuticals, LLC
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Ferrous Fumarate Food

Moderate Food Interaction

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

ADJUST DOSING INTERVAL: Concomitant use of some oral medications may reduce the bioavailability of orally administered iron, and vice versa.

Food taken in conjunction with oral iron supplements may reduce the bioavailability of the iron. However, in many patients intolerable gastrointestinal side effects occur necessitating administration with food.

MANAGEMENT: Ideally, iron products should be taken on an empty stomach (i.e., at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals), but if this is not possible, administer with meals and monitor the patient more closely for a subtherapeutic effect. Some studies suggest administration of iron with ascorbic acid may enhance bioavailability. In addition, administration of oral iron products and some oral medications should be separated whenever the bioavailability of either agent may be decreased. Consult the product labeling for specific separation times and monitor clinical responses as appropriate.


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  2. (2021) "Product Information. Accrufer (ferric maltol)." Shield Therapeutics

Ferrous fumarate/folic acid drug interactions

There are 120 drug interactions with ferrous fumarate/folic acid.

Ferrous fumarate/folic acid disease interactions

There are 4 disease interactions with ferrous fumarate/folic acid which include:

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Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

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