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20.06 Ferrous Sulfate (Iron)

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Generic Name

Ferrous sulfate

Trade Name

Feosol

Indication

Prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anemia

Action

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

Therapeutic Class

Antianemics

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
absorption
• Use z-track for IM injections

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