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ferrous sulfate and folic acid (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking ferrous sulfate and folic acid (Slow Fe with Folic Acid)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • iron overload syndrome;
  • hemolytic anemia (a lack of red blood cells);
  • porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system);
  • thalassemia (a genetic disorder of red blood cells);
  • if you are an alcoholic; or
  • if you receive regular blood transfusions.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take ferrous sulfate and folic acid.

It is not known whether this medication could be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether ferrous sulfate and folic acid passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to a child without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take ferrous sulfate and folic acid (Slow Fe with Folic Acid)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medication on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Avoid taking antacids or antibiotics within 2 hours before or after taking ferrous sulfate .

Take this medication with a full glass of water.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open the extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking or opening the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

Ferrous sulfate can stain your teeth, but this effect is temporary. To prevent tooth staining, mix the liquid form of ferrous sulfate with water or fruit juice (not with milk) and drink the mixture through a straw. You may also clean your teeth with baking soda once per week to treat any tooth staining.

Ferrous sulfate and folic acid is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include a special diet. It is very important to follow the diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. You should become very familiar with the list of foods you should eat to make sure you get enough iron and folic acid from both your diet and your medication.

Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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