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GENERIC NAME: ferrous sulfate BRAND NAME: Fer-In-Sol, Slow Fe, Feosol, Feratab and many more DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ferrous sulfate is a dietary supplement that is used for the prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anemias. It is used as a nutritional supplement in individuals whose dietary intake of iron is not enough to meet the needs of their body. Iron is an important mineral and is a necessary component of red blood cells and for oxygen delivery. Iron supplements replace or replenish iron in the body and allow the transportation of oxygen. Iron salts are available in various formulations including ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate, and ferrous fumarate. PRESCRIPTION: No GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes.
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PREPARATIONS: Elixir: 220 mg/5 ml; Solution 75 mg/ml; Syrup: 300 mg/5 ml; Tablets: 325 mg; Delayed release tablets: 324, 325 mg; Extended release tablets: 160, 142 mg.
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PRESCRIBED FOR: Ferrous sulfate is used for the treatment and prevention of iron-deficiency anemias.
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For treatment of anemia, the recommended dose expressed as ferrous sulfate is 300 mg every 12 hours and may be increased to 300 mg every 6 hours (regular tablets) or 250 mg daily or every 12 hours (extended release tablets).
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DOSING: The recommended dietary reference intake (RDA) based on elemental iron is as follows:
STORAGE: Iron Supplements should be stored at room temperature, 15 C-30 C (59 F-86 F).
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