- What brand names are available for iron supplements-oral?
- Is iron supplements-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for iron supplements-oral?
- What are the uses for iron supplements-oral?
- What are the side effects of iron supplements-oral?
- What is the dosage for iron supplements-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with iron supplements-oral?
- Is iron supplements-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about iron supplements-oral?
What is the dosage for iron supplements-oral?
The recommended dietary reference intake (RDA) based on elemental iron is as follows:
- Individuals 19-50 years : Males 8 mg/day, Females 18 mg/day, Pregnant females 27 mg/day, Breastfeeding females 9 mg/day.
- Individuals = 50 years: 8 mg/day
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).
The dose for preventing iron deficiency anemia is 300 mg once daily of ferrous sulfate.
Which drugs or supplements interact with iron supplements-oral?
Antacids, H2-antagonists (for example, cimetidine, ranitidine, famotidine, or nizatidine), pancrelipase, and proton pump inhibitors (for example, omeprazole, lansoprazole, raberprazole, pantoprazole, or esomeprazole) may decrease the absorption of iron supplements.
Iron salts may decrease the blood concentration of bisphophonates (for example, aldendronate, etidronate, risedronate, or tiludronate), cefdinir (Omnicef), deferiprone (Ferripox), dolutegravir (Tivicay), eltrombopag (Promacta), levothyroxine (Synthroid), quinolone antibiotics (for example, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin), and tetracycline antibiotics.
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