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Back to Iron preparations

Name: Ferrous fumarate

Pregnancy Category A

Drug classes

  • Iron preparation

Therapeutic actions

Elevates the serum iron concentration and is then converted to hemoglobin or trapped in the reticuloendothelial cells for storage and eventual conversion to a usable form of iron.

Indications

Prevention and treatment of iron deficiency anemias Unlabeled use: supplemental use during epoetin therapy to ensure proper hematologic response to epoetin

Contraindications/cautions

Allergy to any ingredient; tartrazine allergy (tartrazine is contained in timed-release capsules marketed as Mol-Iron); sulfite allergy; hemochromatosis, hemosiderosis, hemolytic anemias; normal iron balance; peptic ulcer, regional enteritis, ulcerative colitis

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Adverse effects

  • CNS: CNS toxicity, acidosis, coma and death-overdose
  • GI: GI upset, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dark stools, temporary staining of the teeth (liquid preparations)
 

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