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GALFER FA CAPSULES

Active substance(s): FERROUS FUMARATE / FOLIC ACID

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Read all of the leaflet before you use this medicine. It includes other information
which might be especially important for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need any more information or advice.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed
in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

• A stomach ulcer or other stomach or bowel problem.
• Had repeated blood transfusions in the past.
• Anaemia not related to low levels of iron before.
• Vitamin B12 deficiency.
• Or are currently having iron injections.
This medicine is not suitable for children, non-pregnant women or men.

Galfer FA Capsules are taken to prevent low levels of iron and folic acid in the blood
during pregnancy. They contain iron in the form of ferrous fumarate and folic acid.

• Blood problems related to folic acid deficiency.
• Erythropoietic protoporphyria, a rare condition affecting red blood cells.

1. What the medicine is for

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking….

• Antibiotics for infections such as neomycin, cefdinir, tetracyclines
(e.g. oxytetracycline), chloramphenicol or fluoroquinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin).
• Penicillamine for arthritis.
• Indigestion remedies (e.g. antacids, magnesium salts), calcium supplements,
zinc, phosphates, oxalates and proton pump inhibitors to reduce stomach acid.
• Colestyramine mainly used for high cholesterol.
• Levodopa, carbidopa or entacapone for Parkinson’s Disease.
• Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis.
• Trientine for Wilson’s Disease.
• Methyldopa for high blood pressure.
• Medicine to control fits (e.g. phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone).
• Ascorbic or citric acids as these increase absorption of iron.
• Acetohydroxamic acid to treat some urinary tract problems.

Talk to your doctor if you have….

2. Before you use this medicine

Do not use the medicine if you have….

• An allergy to any of the ingredients listed in section 6.
• Other problems with iron in the blood (including conditions that lead to iron
building up in soft tissues, or problems with red blood cells).

Dose

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Galfer FA Capsules can have side effects, although these don’t
affect everyone.
Important side effects:
If you think you have any of the following side effects or symptoms, stop using
this medicine immediately and see a doctor as soon as possible.
• Allergic reactions which cause difficulty in breathing, fever, swelling of the
mouth, lips or skin, severe rashes, itching or stomach pain.
Other possible side effects are:
• Feeling sick or being sick • Constipation • Diarrhoea • Other stomach problems
• Darkening of the stools.
If you notice any of these side effects which are usually mild, tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

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. Storing this medicine

• This product contains Iron. Keep it out of the sight and reach of children as
overdose may be fatal.
• Store in a cool place.
• Keep container tightly closed.
• Do not use after the expiry date shown on the label.

3. How to use this medicine

Important things you need to know first….

• Take this medicine before meals on an empty stomach if possible. If Galfer FA
Capsules upset your stomach, take them with or after food.
• Some foods such as tea, coffee, wholegrain cereals, eggs and milk may reduce
the amount of iron absorbed by the body. Check with the doctor or pharmacist
about which foods to avoid.
• Galfer FA Capsules may make your stools darker than usual. This is a normal
effect of medicines containing iron.

Pregnant or breastfeeding….

Galfer FA Capsules can be used at various stages of pregnancy and while
breastfeeding, however, ask your doctor for advice before using this medicine to
make sure you need to take it whilst pregnant.

6. Further information

The active ingredients per capsule are: ferrous fumarate 305mg (equivalent to
100mg elemental iron), folic acid 350 micrograms.
The other ingredients are: gelatin, quinoline yellow (E104), indigotine (E132),
titanium dioxide (E171) erythrosine (E127).
Galfer FA Capsules are red and yellow capsules with ‘Galfer FA’ printed on them.
They are supplied in tubs of 100.
Manufacturer: Custom Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Conway Street, Hove, East Sussex,
BN3 3LW.
This leaflet was revised in May 2016.
Galfer is a Trade Mark of Thornton & Ross Ltd.

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Pregnant women: Take 1 capsule a day.
Do not give to children, men or non-pregnant women
unless your doctor tells you to.
Active ingredients per capsule: ferrous fumarate
305mg, folic acid 350 micrograms.

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MA holder and distributor: Thornton & Ross Ltd.,
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Important warning: Contains iron. Keep out of the
sight and reach of children as overdose may be fatal.
Store in a cool place. Keep container tightly closed.

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To prevent low levels of iron and folic acid in the blood
during pregnancy.
Pregnant women: Take 1 capsule a day.
Do not give to children, men or non-pregnant women
unless your doctor tells you to.
Active ingredients per capsule: ferrous fumarate
305mg, folic acid 350 micrograms.

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Pregnant women
• Take one capsule a day, or as directed by the doctor.
Children, non-pregnant women and men
Do not give to children, non-pregnant women or men unless your doctor tells
you to.
If you take too many
If you accidentally take too many, see a doctor immediately as an overdose may
be fatal. Take the pack with you to show which medicine you have swallowed.
If you forget a dose
Take the next dose as soon as you remember.
You can then carry on with the next dose at the correct time.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the one missed.

• Dimercaprol used to treat effects of heavy metal poisoning.
• Levothyroxine for an underactive thyroid gland.
• Mycophenolate, an immunosuppressant drug.
• Eltrombopag for blood platelet problems.
• Raltitrexed, an anticancer drug.
• Sulfasalazine to treat some bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.
• People having tests on stool samples should tell the doctor as this medicine may
turn stools black and affect test results.
Allow 2-3 hours between taking this and other medicines (or 4 hours for
Eltrombopag).

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IG Code

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To prevent low levels of iron and folic acid in the
blood during pregnancy.
Pregnant women: Take 1 capsule a day.
Do not give to children, men or non-pregnant
women unless your doctor tells you to.
Active ingredients per capsule: ferrous fumarate
305mg, folic acid 350 micrograms.

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MA holder and distributor: Thornton & Ross Ltd.,
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Important warning: Contains iron. Keep out of
the sight and reach of children as overdose
may be fatal.
Store in a cool place. Keep container tightly
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Pregnant women
• Take one capsule a day, or as directed by the doctor.
Children, non-pregnant women and men
Do not give to children, non-pregnant women or men unless your doctor tells you to.
If you take too many
If you accidentally take too many, see a doctor immediately as an overdose may
be fatal. Take the pack with you to show which medicine you have swallowed.
If you forget a dose
Take the next dose as soon as you remember.
You can then carry on with the next dose at the correct time.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the one missed.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Galfer FA Capsules can have side effects, although these don’t
affect everyone.
Important side effects:
If you think you have any of the following side effects or symptoms, stop using this
medicine immediately and see a doctor as soon as possible.
• Allergic reactions which cause difficulty in breathing, fever, swelling of the mouth,
lips or skin, severe rashes, itching or stomach pain.
Other possible side effects are:
• Feeling sick or being sick • Constipation • Diarrhoea • Other stomach problems
• Darkening of the stools.
If you notice any of these side effects which are usually mild, tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

Read all of the leaflet before you use this medicine. It includes other information
which might be especially important for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need any more information or advice.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed
in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

• A stomach ulcer or other stomach or bowel problem.
• Had repeated blood transfusions in the past.
• Anaemia not related to low levels of iron before.
• Vitamin B12 deficiency.
• Or are currently having iron injections.
This medicine is not suitable for children, non-pregnant women or men.

Galfer FA Capsules are taken to prevent low levels of iron and folic acid in the blood
during pregnancy. They contain iron in the form of ferrous fumarate and folic acid.

• Blood problems related to folic acid deficiency.
• Erythropoietic protoporphyria, a rare condition affecting red blood cells.

1. What the medicine is for

2. Before you use this medicine

Do not use the medicine if you have….

• An allergy to any of the ingredients listed in section 6.
• Other problems with iron in the blood (including conditions that lead to iron
building up in soft tissues, or problems with red blood cells).

Talk to your doctor if you have….

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. Storing this medicine

• This product contains Iron. Keep it out of the sight and reach of children as
overdose may be fatal.
• Store in a cool place.
• Keep container tightly closed.
• Do not use after the expiry date shown on the label.

Galfer FA Capsules UK (Strides)

Colours Used
Process Black

Component

Label Leaflet

Process Yellow

Pack Size

100's

PANTONE 424 C

IG Code

24348305

PANTONE 471 C

Dimensions

40mm x 120mm

Proof No.

1

Date

Fonts Used

Helvetica

PANTONE 287 C

06.05.2016

Keyline (Does not print)
Braille

6. Further information

To prevent low levels of iron and folic acid in the
blood during pregnancy.
Pregnant women: Take 1 capsule a day.
Do not give to children, men or non-pregnant
women unless your doctor tells you to.
Active ingredients per capsule: ferrous fumarate
305mg, folic acid 350 micrograms.

The active ingredients per capsule are: ferrous fumarate 305mg
(equivalent to 100mg elemental iron), folic acid 350 micrograms.
The other ingredients are: gelatin, quinoline yellow (E104),
indigotine (E132), titanium dioxide (E171) erythrosine (E127).
Galfer FA Capsules are red and yellow capsules with ‘Galfer FA’
printed on them. They are supplied in tubs of 100.
Manufacturer: Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK.
This leaflet was revised in May 2016.
Galfer is a Trade Mark of Thornton & Ross Ltd.

Peel where shown for precautions.

MA holder and distributor: Thornton & Ross Ltd.,
Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK. PL 00240/0105
Important warning: Contains iron. Keep out of
the sight and reach of children as overdose
may be fatal.
Store in a cool place. Keep container tightly
closed.
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Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking….

• Antibiotics for infections such as neomycin, cefdinir, tetracyclines (e.g. oxytetracycline),
chloramphenicol or fluoroquinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin).
• Penicillamine for arthritis.
• Indigestion remedies (e.g. antacids, magnesium salts), calcium supplements, zinc,
phosphates, oxalates and proton pump inhibitors to reduce stomach acid.
• Colestyramine mainly used for high cholesterol.
• Levodopa, carbidopa or entacapone for Parkinson’s Disease.
• Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis.
• Trientine for Wilson’s Disease.
• Methyldopa for high blood pressure.
• Medicine to control fits (e.g. phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone).
• Ascorbic or citric acids as these increase absorption of iron.
• Acetohydroxamic acid to treat some urinary tract problems.

• Dimercaprol used to treat effects of heavy metal poisoning.
• Levothyroxine for an underactive thyroid gland.
• Mycophenolate, an immunosuppressant drug.
• Eltrombopag for blood platelet problems.
• Raltitrexed, an anticancer drug.
• Sulfasalazine to treat some bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis.
• People having tests on stool samples should tell the doctor as this medicine may
turn stools black and affect test results.
Allow 2-3 hours between taking this and other medicines (or 4 hours for
Eltrombopag).

3. How to use this medicine

Important things you need to know first….

• Take this medicine before meals on an empty stomach if possible. If Galfer FA
Capsules upset your stomach, take them with or after food.
• Some foods such as tea, coffee, wholegrain cereals, eggs and milk may reduce
the amount of iron absorbed by the body. Check with the doctor or pharmacist
about which foods to avoid.
• Galfer FA Capsules may make your stools darker than usual. This is a normal
effect of medicines containing iron.

Pregnant or breastfeeding….

Galfer FA Capsules can be used at various stages of pregnancy and while
breastfeeding, however, ask your doctor for advice before using this medicine to
make sure you need to take it whilst pregnant.

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