20.06 Ferrous Sulfate (Iron)

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Generic Name

Ferrous sulfate

Trade Name



Prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anemia


Iron is essential for hemoglobin, myoglobin and enzymes, it is transported to
organs where it becomes part of iron stores

Therapeutic Class


Pharmacologic Class

Iron supplements

Nursing Considerations

• May cause seizures, hypotension, constipation, epigastric pain, diarrhea, skin
staining, anaphylaxis
• Assess nutritional status, bowel function
• Monitor hemoglobin, hematocrit, iron levels
• May cause elevated liver enzymes
• Take on an empty stomach to increase absorption/vitamin c helps with
• Use z-track for IM injections

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