Ferrous Sulphate or Iron according to MedlinePlus Drug is a mineral that is vital to our health. All cells of our body contain some iron, but the most amount of iron is inside the red blood cells.
MedlinePlus also argue that iron has a role in creating energy from nutrients. If you have more iron in your body then the iron is stored for future use. Iron is a treatment for a lot of diseases and Anemia is one of them. Some symptoms of anemia according to WebMD is tiredness, lethargy, lack of energy, shortness of breath, paler complexion and dry nails. According to M. Wick et al; anemia is lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin, hemoglobin is a main part of the red blood cells and binds oxygen. WebMD also agrees that anemia may be caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production.
The body may produce few blood cells or the blood cells may not work properly, in either case anemia can result. Conditions associated with these causes of anemia include sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, iron deficiency anaemia, vitamin deficiency, bone marrow and stem cell problems and other health conditions. E.J Parker- Williams states that Anemia is one of the most common blood disorder affecting 30% of all individuals worldwide. She also argues that in UK 10% of healthy women have some degree of iron depletion. E.
J Parker also argues that anemia is not a disease but is a manifestation of some other process. The approach of anemia is to obtain details of the patient personal and family history, ethnic origin, dietary and drug history and examination and use simple laboratory tests to determine the type of anemia. E.J Parker also states that a ‘shot gun’ approach is not the best treatment because it may confuse the issue and the treatment will fail. Ferrous Sulphate according to MedlinePlus Drug, comes as regular coated and extended release tablets, capsules and oral liquid to take by mouth. Iron is usually taken three times a day but this depends on your medication and your prescription and the need of iron in your body. Patients should follow the directions from the pharmacist or the doctor as prescribed.
The best way to take Ferrous Sulphate is 1 hour before food or 2 hours after eating. MedlinePlus Drug also encourages to ask your pharmacist or your doctor any questions or any details about your medicine. It is essential to know that Ferrous Sulphate should not be mixed with milk and patients should not chew or crush the tablets. MedlinePlus Drug also suggest some dietary instructions such us fish, meat especially liver and fortified cereals and breads which are a really good source of iron in a well – balanced diet. According to Health Line some side effects of ferrous Sulphate is stomach irritation, cramping, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and heart burn but some side effects improve within a few days. If you have some strange side effects contact with your doctor or your pharmacist. There are a lot of ways to take Ferrous Sulphate, one of them is liquid and Health Line suggest drinking it with fruit juice or water because it may make your teeth dark.
Also, Health Line states that your stools may get dark and this is not bad. Ferrous Sulphate is recommended for everyone that suffers from iron deficiency, for athletes and for women with difficult menstruate or during the pregnancy. Food is a really good way for absorption of iron. Medline Plus suggest that if you are allergic to ferrous Sulphate or any other medication to tell your doctor or your pharmacist about it, also if you take any other medications because some ingredients may affect the ferrous Sulphate.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all the prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking as well as vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements. Medline Plus also suggest you keep all appointments with your doctor because they will order certain lab tests to check your response to ferrous Sulphate. Keep your medication away from children and do not let anyone else take your medication.