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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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  • Question 1 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?

  • Question 2 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 3 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 4 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?

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

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