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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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  • Question 1 of 4

When educating parents about administration of iron supplements to a child, the nurse should include which of the following? Select all that apply.

  • Question 2 of 4

A nurse is providing medication instructions for a pregnant client that has been prescribed ferrous sulfate for her iron deficiency anemia. What information should be included in the instructions?

  • Question 3 of 4

The nurse is speaking to the parents of an 18-month-old who has just been prescribed an iron supplement. The nurse should include which of the following instructions? Select all that apply.

  • Question 4 of 4

A nurse is educating a pregnant client on the importance of taking prescribed ferrous sulfate for her anemia. What statement by the nurse is the most appropriate?

Module 0 – Pharmacology Course Introduction
Module 3 – Disease Specific Medications

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