Ferodan is an iron supplement belonging to a class of drugs known as anemia therapy. Iron is available for oral use (taken by mouth) in different salt forms - ferrous gluconate, ferrous sulfate, and ferrous fumarate. Iron is important for the production of red blood cells. It helps red blood cells to carry oxygen to the various parts of the body. When the body does not get enough oxygen due to lack of iron, symptoms such as tiredness, shortness of breath and learning problems may occur. This is a type of anemia called iron deficiency anemia.
Ferodan should not be taken by anyone with: an allergy to any of the ingredients; conditions known as hemosiderosis or hemochromatosis (iron overload); hemolytic anemia; an anemia other than iron deficiency anemia . People with stomach ulcers should be cautious when taking iron, as it could make their condition worse. The liver is one of the main storage sites for iron, and advanced chronic liver disease may result in excess storage of iron in the liver. Taking iron supplements may cause an iron overload in liver tissues, thereby damaging the liver more. Iron should be prescribed with caution by people who have disorders with their hemoglobin (hemoglobinopathy) or anemias others than those caused by iron deficiency. People who abuse alcohol are more likely to acquire liver disease. The extra iron in blood transfusions increases the risk of iron overload. Caution should be indicated. People with kidney infections may have higher levels of iron in the blood, which may increase the risk of side effects of iron supplementation. Iron should be prescribed with caution by people who have an infection of the kidney. Porphyria cutaneous tarda is an acquired disorder, associated with estrogen and alcohol use, that affects liver enzymes responsible for breaking down components in the blood. There are no adequate studies of Ferodan with pregnant women. It should be prescribed during pregnancy only if expected benefits outweigh risks. Taking large amounts of an iron supplement while breast-feeding may be harmful to the mother or infant and should be avoided. Iron may affect how the following medications work or increase the risk of side effects: etidronate; quinolones (e.g., ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin ) ; tetracyclines; penicillamine; levodopa and methyldopa; levothyroxine.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor. The following side effects may go away as your body becomes prescribed to the medicine; check with your doctor if they continue or become bothersome. More common side effects are constipation, diarrhea, leg cramps, nausea and vomiting. Less common side effects are dark-coloured urine, heartburn, stained teeth. Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Early symptoms of iron overdose include : diarrhea (may contain blood); fever; nausea; stomach pain or cramping (sharp); severe vomiting (may contain blood) ;
Late symptoms of iron overdose may include : bluish-colored lips, fingernails, and palms of hands ; convulsions (seizures) ; drowsiness ; pale, clammy skin; shallow and rapid breathing ; unusual tiredness or weakness; weak and fast heartbeat.
The recommended daily intake of iron for adults is 8 mg to 13 mg daily. An additional 5 mg daily is recommended in the second trimester of pregnancy, and an additional 10 mg per day is recommended in the third trimester. For adults who are deficient in iron, 50 mg to 100 mg elemental iron three times daily is the recommended intake. Iron is best absorbed when taken on an empty stomach, with water or fruit juice (adults: full glass or 8 ounces; children: half glass or 4 ounces), about one hour before or two hours after meals. However, if stomach upset occurs, lower doses may be given to start with, and the iron can be taken after food. Children who are deficient in iron usually receive 3 mg to 6 mg per kilogram of body weight daily divided into three doses. Store this medication away from children, as severe reactions including death have resulted from childhood ingestions.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Ferodan may also be known as:
- Enfalac Fer-In-Sol;
- Nycoplus Ferro-Retard;
- Sulfergan Composto;
- United Home Fersulfate Iron;