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FERROUS
GLUCONATE
Tablets 300mg

28
tablets

Each tablet contains ferrous
gluconate 300mg
IMPORTANT WARNING:
Contains iron. Keep out of the reach
and sight of children as overdose may
be fatal.

Also contains sucrose, E110, E122 and E124
(see leaflet for further information).
Coated tablets for oral use.
To be taken preferably one hour before meals.
Dose, unless otherwise directed by your
doctor: Adults and the elderly:
Treatment of anaemia: Take four to six tablets
daily in divided doses.
Prevention of anaemia: Take two tablets daily.
Children: Use as directed by your doctor or
pharmacist (see leaflet for further information). P
Do not store above 25°C. Store
M0154TB
in the container provided.
PL 20416/0073
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3. HOW TO TAKE FERROUS GLUCONATE
TABLETS
Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water,
preferably 1 hour before meals. The following doses are
the usual doses. Doctors may sometimes prescribe
different doses. Always follow the doctor’s instructions.
If you are not sure of the number of
tablets to take or how often to take
them, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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Dose:
Adults and the elderly:
For prevention of anaemia: Take two tablets daily.
For treatment of anaemia: Take four to six tablets daily
in divided doses.
Children:
For prevention of anaemia:
The dose will depend on the child’s weight as prescribed
by a doctor.
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For treatment of anaemia:
Children up to 1 year:
Not recommended.
Children aged 1 – 5 years: Give one tablet twice a
day.
Children aged 6 – 12 years: Give one tablet four times
a day.
If you have taken too many tablets:
Contact your doctor straight away or go to the nearest
hospital casualty department. Take with you any
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remaining tablets and the pack so that the medicine
can be identified. An overdose in children could be
fatal.
If you forget to take a dose:
If you forget to take a dose of this medicine, take it as
soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time
for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the
next dose at the usual time. DO NOT TAKE TWO
DOSES AT THE SAME TIME.
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Like all medicines, Ferrous Gluconate Tablets may
cause side-effects in some patients.
If any of the following occur STOP TAKING the tablets
IMMEDIATELY and contact your doctor:
● severe diarrhoea
● vomiting blood.

The following effects have been reported with large
doses of iron:
Very common effects (that could happen to more
than 1 in 10 people):
● stomach discomfort
● diarrhoea
● vomiting (being sick).
Continuous use may cause constipation.
High doses in some people may have an effect on the

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4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

lining of the stomach or gut, which may become
narrower. Symptoms of this are stomach pain and
bloody stools.
Do not be concerned by this list of side effects, you
may not get any of them. If any of the effects get
serious, or if you notice any other unusual or
unexpected symptoms please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

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5. HOW TO STORE FERROUS GLUCONATE
TABLETS

has passed. If you have any medicines that are out of
date, return them to your pharmacist for safe disposal.

KEEP ALL MEDICINES OUT OF THE REACH AND
SIGHT OF CHILDREN. These tablets could harm them.
An overdose could be fatal. Do not store above 25ºC.
Store in the container provided to protect from light
and moisture.
Do not take the tablets if the expiry date on the pack

6. FURTHER INFORMATION

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Ingredients:
Ferrous Gluconate Tablets 300mg contain 300mg of
ferrous gluconate as the active ingredient. The other
ingredients are: maize starch, alginic acid, colloidal
anhydrous silica, water, magnesium stearate, shellac,
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purified talc, heavy kaolin, titanium dioxide, sucrose,
ponceau 4R (E124), carmoisine dioxide lake (E122),
sunset yellow FCF aluminium lake (E110), povidone,
sodium benzoate (E211), beeswax and carnauba wax.
What Ferrous Gluconate Tablets look like:
The tablets are round, red, sugar coated tablets. Each
pack contains 28 tablets.

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Who makes this medicine and holds the product licence:
The Product Licence Holder is Crescent Pharma
Limited, Units 3 & 4, Quidhampton Business Units,
Polhampton Lane, Overton, Hants, RG25 3ED and the
Manufacturer is Surepharm Services Ltd., Bretby,
Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE15 0YZ, UK.
Date leaflet revised: December 2010.
If you would like this leaflet in a different format, please
contact the licence holder at the above address.
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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

FERROUS GLUCONATE TABLETS 300mg
Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine.
Keep the leaflet; you may need to read it again. If
you have any questions or are not sure about
anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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IN THIS LEAFLET:
1. What Ferrous Gluconate Tablets are and what they
are used for
2. Before you take Ferrous Gluconate Tablets
3. How to take Ferrous Gluconate Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ferrous Gluconate Tablets
6. Further information
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1. WHAT FERROUS GLUCONATE TABLETS
ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Ferrous Gluconate Tablets contain ferrous gluconate
300mg as the active ingredient which is an iron
supplement. This medicine is used to prevent or treat
anaemia due to a lack of iron caused by a number of
conditions, including pregnancy. It is also used to treat
anaemia caused when there is not enough iron in the
diet or when the iron in the diet is poorly absorbed.
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2. BEFORE YOU TAKE FERROUS
GLUCONATE TABLETS
Do not take these tablets if:
you are allergic to Ferrous Gluconate, other iron
preparations or any of the other ingredients in these
tablets (see section 6). (An allergic reaction may be
recognised as shortness of breath, blocked nose,
rash, itching, swollen face or lips)
● you suffer from haemochromotosis (a disease which


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causes the body to absorb and store too much iron)
you suffer from haemosiderosis (an increase in the
amount of iron stored in body tissues)
you have a type of anaemia which is not due to a
lack of iron
you have hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
you suffer from alcoholism.

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Check with your doctor before taking these tablets if:
you receive repeated blood transfusions
● you have an iron absorption disorder
● you have a hereditary disorder resulting in
abnormal haemoglobin e.g. sickle-cell disease and
thalassemia
● you have a gastrointestinal disease
● you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars as these tablets


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contain sucrose.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking
other medicines including any that you can buy
without a prescription. This is particularly
important if you are taking:
● trientine (used to treat Wilson’s disease)
● acetohydroxamic acid (used to treat bladder
infections)
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dimercaprol (used to treat heavy metal poisoning)
levodopa or entacapone (used to treat Parkinson’s
disease)
bisphosphonates (e.g. etridonate, clodronate used
to treat osteoporosis)
methyldopa (used to treat high blood pressure)
mycophenolate (used to prevent organ rejection
after a transplant)

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the antibiotics ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin,
moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin and nalidixic
acid
levothyroxine (used as hormone replacement for
thyroid problems). Ferrous gluconate tablets
should be taken 2 hours after levothyroxine
eltrombopag (used to treat low blood platelet
counts). Ferrous gluconate tablets should be taken
4 hours after eltrombopag
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antacids containing carbonates or magnesium
trisilicate, and other medicines containing
bicarbonates, carbonates, oxalates or phosphates.
Ferrous gluconate tablets should not be taken 1
hour before or 2 hours after taking these medicines
penicillamine (used to treat rheumatoid arthritis).
These tablets should not be taken within 2 hours of
taking penicillamine

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tetracycline antibiotics (e.g. minocycline,
oxytetracycline). Ferrous gluconate tablets should
be taken 3 hours before or 2 hours after these
medicines
● vitamin E or calcium, aluminium and zinc salts.
Coffee, tea, eggs, milk products and whole grain
breads and cereals may slow down the absorption of
iron.

Other special warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
Although ferrous gluconate may be taken, you should
check with your doctor before taking if you are pregnant or
breast-feeding.
Important information about some of the ingredients:
The tablet colouring contains sunset yellow FCF aluminium
lake (E110), carmoisine dioxide lake (E122) and ponceau
4R (E124) which may cause allergic reactions.

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Tablets 300mg

FERROUS
GLUCONATE

28
tablets

Tablets 300mg

ED

BN

IMPORTANT WARNING:
Contains iron. Keep out of the reach
and sight of children as overdose may
be fatal.

28
tablets

Each tablet contains ferrous
gluconate 300mg

Each tablet contains ferrous
gluconate 300mg
M0154TB

Peel here to open but do not remove ▲

Crescent Pharma Limited, Units 3 & 4,
Quidhampton Business Units, Polhampton Lane,
Overton, Hampshire RG25 3ED

FERROUS
GLUCONATE

IMPORTANT WARNING:
Contains iron. Keep out of the reach
and sight of children as overdose may
be fatal.

Also contains sucrose, E110, E122 and E124
(see leaflet for further information).
Coated tablets for oral use.
To be taken preferably one hour before meals.
Dose, unless otherwise directed by your
doctor: Adults and the elderly:
Treatment of anaemia: Take four to six tablets
daily in divided doses.
Prevention of anaemia: Take two tablets daily.
Children: Use as directed by your doctor or
P
pharmacist (see leaflet for further information).
Do not store above 25°C. Store in
M0154TB
the container provided.
PL 20416/0073

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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