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About FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID

FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID belongs to a class of medications called 'haematinics' primarily used to treat anaemia (lack of blood) that occurs mainly due to poor diet, poor absorption of food, or increased folate use in the body (in pregnancy). Anaemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough red blood cells for carrying adequate oxygen required to various body tissues.

FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID is a combination of two drugs: Ferrous ascorbate (iron supplement) and folic acid (a form of vitamin B9). FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID works by increasing red blood cells (RBC) and haemoglobin (a protein) production in the body. As a result, an adequate number of RBC is produced in the body, so that body's each tissue gets sufficient supply of oxygen.

Take FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID as advised by your doctor. In some cases, you may experience vomiting, nausea, stomach upset or dark coloured stool. Most of these side effects of FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. However, if the side effects persist or worsen, please consult your doctor.

If you are allergic to FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID or any other medicines, please tell your doctor. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a doctor before using FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID. FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID should be used with caution in children and only if recommended by a doctor. If you have an allergy to any sugars, inform your doctor before taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID as it may contain lactose. If you have a stomach ulcer, vitamin B12 deficiency, any blood disorder, repeated blood transfusions, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon), pernicious anaemia (anaemia due to lack of vitamin B12) or folate-dependent tumour, inform your doctor before taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID.

Uses of FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID

Anaemia

Medicinal Benefits

FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID is a combination of two drugs, namely: Ferrous ascorbate (iron supplement) and folic acid (a form of vitamin B9). FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID works by increasing red blood cells (RBC) and hemoglobin (a protein) production in the body. As a result, an adequate number of RBCs are produced in the body, so that body's each tissue gets a sufficient supply of oxygen. Also, folic acid is necessary in pregnancy as it plays a role in the development of the brain and spinal cord in the unborn baby.

Directions for Use

Tablet: Take it with or without food as advised by your doctor, and swallow it as a whole with a glass of water. Do not crush, chew or break it. Syrup/Suspension: Shake the bottle well before use. Take the recommended dose by mouth using the measuring cup/dosing syringe/dropper provided by the pack.

Storage

Store in a cool and dry place away from sunlight

Side Effects of FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID

  • Vomiting

  • Nausea

  • Stomach upset

  • Dark coloured stool

In-Depth Precautions and Warning

Drug Warnings

If you are allergic to FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID or any other medicines, please tell your doctor. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a doctor before using FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID. FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID should be used with caution in children and only if recommended by a doctor. If you have an allergy to any sugars, inform your doctor before taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID as it may contain lactose. If you have a stomach ulcer, vitamin B12 deficiency, any blood disorder, repeated blood transfusions, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon), pernicious anaemia (anaemia due to lack of vitamin B12) or folate-dependent tumour, inform your doctor before taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID.

Drug Interactions

Drug-Drug Interaction: FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID may have interaction with anticonvulsants (phenobarbital, primidone, phenytoin, sodium valproate, carbamazepine), antibiotics (chloramphenicol, cotrimoxazole, trimethoprim), antimanic drug (lithium), water tablet (triamterene), anti-inflammatory drug (sulfasalazine), painkillers (aspirin), anticancer drug (methotrexate).

Drug-Food Interaction: Avoid intake of dairy products, coffee or tea with FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID at the same time as they may reduce the absorption of FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID.

Drug-Disease Interaction: If you have a stomach ulcer, vitamin B12 deficiency, any blood disorder, repeated blood transfusions, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon), pernicious anaemia (anaemia due to lack of vitamin B12) or folate-dependent tumour, inform your doctor before taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID.

Drug-Drug Interactions Checker List:

  • PHENOBARBITAL
  • PRIMIDONE
  • PHENYTOIN
  • SODIUM VALPROATE
  • CARBAMAZEPINE
  • CHLORAMPHENICOL
  • COTRIMOXAZOLE
  • TRIMETHOPRIM
  • LITHIUM
  • TRIAMTERENE
  • SULFASALAZINE
  • ASPIRIN
  • METHOTREXATE
  • Safety Advice

    • Safety Warning

      Alcohol

      unsafe

      Avoid consumption of alcohol with FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID as it may decrease the absorption of FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID. Please consult a doctor before consuming alcohol with FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID.

    • Safety Warning

      Pregnancy

      consult your doctor

      FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID may be safe to use during pregnancy if recommended by a doctor.

    • Safety Warning

      Breast Feeding

      caution

      It is unknown whether FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID is excreted in human milk. Therefore, please consult a doctor if you are breastfeeding. FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID is given to breastfeeding mothers only if the doctor thinks benefits are greater than risks.

    • Safety Warning

      Driving

      caution

      FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID usually does not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.

    • Safety Warning

      Liver

      caution

      Take FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID with caution, especially if you have a history of Liver diseases/conditions. The dose may be adjusted by your doctor as required.

    • Safety Warning

      Kidney

      caution

      Take FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID with caution, especially if you have a history of Kidney diseases/conditions. The dose may be adjusted by your doctor as required.

    • Safety Warning

      Children

      caution

      FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID should be used in children only if recommended by a doctor.

    Habit Forming

    No

    Diet & Lifestyle Advise

    • Eat a healthy diet, especially green leafy vegetables, and do regular physical exercise.

    • Limit junk food items the from outside and stick to freshly prepared home-cooked meals.

    • Increase the intake of fruits in your diet especially fruits rich in iron like pomegranate, and citrus fruits.

    • Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.

    • Avoid consumption of alcohol.

    Special Advise

    Avoid taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID along with dairy products, coffee, tea or alcohol to minimize the side effect of FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID and avoid drug interaction. 

    Patients Concern

    Disease/Condition Glossary

    Anemia: It is a condition in which the body does not have enough red blood cells for carrying adequate oxygen to various body tissues. Anemia can be temporary, which can be treated with the help of supplements, and it can also be long-term, which might require medical procedures. It makes you feel tired very quickly due to a lack of oxygen supply in the body. It is one of the most common blood disorders.

    FAQs

    What is FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID used for?

    FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID is used for the treatment of anaemia.

    Can I take FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID with coffee or tea?

    You are not recommended to take FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID with coffee, tea or dairy products at the same time as they may reduce the absorption of FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID. However, you may drink coffee or tea 2 hours before or after taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID.

    Can I take FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID with phenytoin?

    You are not recommended to take FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID with phenytoin as co-administration of these two medicines may reduce the concentration of FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID in blood and increase the risk of seizures (fits). However, please consult a doctor before taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID with phenytoin.

    Is FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID safe for hemochromatosis patients?

    FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID is not recommended for hemochromatosis (excessive iron in the body) patients as it may increase the risk of adverse effects. Therefore, it is advised to inform your doctor if you have any iron overload conditions before taking FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID.

    Why is it necessary to take FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID during pregnancy?

    FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID is essential to take during pregnancy to maintain correct levels of iron and folic acid and reduce the risk of neural tube defects in babies. However, please consult a doctor if you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy before using FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID.

    How does FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID work?

    FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID contains Ferrous ascorbate (iron supplement) and folic acid (a form of vitamin B9). FERROUS ASCORBATE+FOLIC ACID works by increasing red blood cells (RBC) and haemoglobin (a protein) production in the body. As a result, an adequate number of RBC are produced in the body, so that body's each tissue gets sufficient supply of oxygen.

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