iron supplements (cont.)

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

PREGNANCY: Ferrous sulfate crosses the placenta and is safe to use during pregnancy. All pregnant females should be screened for iron deficiency anemia and treated as necessary.

NURSING MOTHERS: Iron is normally found in breast milk. Ferrous sulfate is secreted into breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with ferrous sulfate treatment are constipation, dark stools, stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. Less common side effects include diarrhea, heartburn, and urine discoloration.

REFERENCE: Ferrous sulphate - Medline

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/9/2014

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