Skip to content
This is a text only leaflet, designed for the visually impaired. Please visit our electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) website to view the original document which may contain images or tables.

You may be able to get this leaflet in large print, Braille or as an audio CD, call the RNIB Medicine Leaflet line on 0800 198 5000 for more information.

The product code for this leaflet is: PL 00142/6422R


Ferrous Sulfate 200mg tablets (28 pack)

Company Details

Actavis UK Ltd

Whiddon ValleyBarnstapleDevonEX32 8NS
Medical Information Direct Line:
Medical Information
[view all information leaflets from this company]


Ferrous Sulfate 200mg tablets

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.


1 What Ferrous Sulfate tablets are and what they are used for
2 Before you take
3 How to take
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store
6 Further information

Go to top of the page

1 What Ferrous Sulfate tablets are and what they are used for

Ferrous Sulfate tablets belong to a group of medicines called iron supplements. These medicines work by replacing body iron. Iron is a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells. When the body does not get enough iron, it cannot produce the number of normal red blood cells needed to keep you in good health. This condition is called iron-deficiency anaemia.

Ferrous Sulfate tablets are used for the prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anaemia.

Go to top of the page

2 Before you take

Do not take Ferrous Sulfate tablets and tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic (hypersensitive) to dried ferrous sulfate or any of the other ingredients in Ferrous Sulfate tablets (see section 6).
  • are receiving repeated blood transfusions
  • are receiving iron intravenously
  • have a disorder in which there is excessive absorption and storage of iron such as haemochromatosis.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Ferrous Sulfate tablets if you have:

  • haemolytic anaemia
  • a blood disease (haemoglobinopathy)
  • an iron storage or absorption disease
  • gastrointestinal disease

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Especially:

  • tetracyclines (to treat infections)
  • ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin (to treat infections)
  • colestyramine
  • antacids (containing magnesium or aluminium)
  • medicines containing zinc, calcium, phosphorus or trientine
  • methyldopa (to treat high blood pressure)
  • penicillamine (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • levodopa (for Parkinson’s disease)
  • ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

Sugar intolerance

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine, as it contains glucose, sucrose and lactose.

Go to top of the page

3 How to take

Always take Ferrous Sulfate tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Food and drink

Ferrous Sulfate tablets should not be taken within one hour before or two hours after eating or drinking the following products: tea, coffee, milk, eggs and whole grains. These products can reduce the absorption of iron. Meat and products containing vitamin C can increase the absorption of iron. Follow the advice of your dietician or doctor when taking Ferrous Sulfate tablets with any of the food or drink listed.

Swallow the tablets whole with water. Although iron preparations are best absorbed on an empty stomach, they may be taken after food to reduce gastrointestinal side effects.


Adults and the elderly

Treatment: 2-3 tablets a day in divided doses.

Prevention: 1 tablet a day.

Children 6-12 years


Children weighing over 22kg: one tablet a day.

Children weighing over 44kg: one tablet twice a day.

Children weighing over 66kg: one tablet three times a day.

Children under 6 years or weighing less than 22kg

Not recommended.

If you take more than you should

If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets at the same time, or you think a child may have swallowed any contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an overdose include:

  • Up to 24 hours: stomach and intestinal poisoning including being sick and diarrhoea, heart disorders such as low blood pressure (hypotension) and a racing heart (tachycardia), metabolic changes such as too much acid in the body (acidosis) and high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia), nervous system depression ranging from tiredness to coma, temporary relief of symptoms may occur.
  • After 24 hours: stomach and intestinal poisoning and obstruction, shock, too much acid in the body (acidosis), fits, coma, liver failure, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), low blood sugar, problems with blood clotting, low production of urine, kidney failure, fluid in the lungs.

If you forget to take the tablets

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the right time.

Go to top of the page

4 Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Ferrous Sulfate tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Contact your doctor at once if you have an allergic reaction e.g. itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects:

  • constipation occasionally causing faecal impaction, diarrhoea, stomach pain, feeling sick and blackened stools.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Go to top of the page

5 How to store

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.

Store below 25°C in a dry place.

Do not use Ferrous Sulfate tablets after the expiry date stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

Go to top of the page

6 Further information

What Ferrous Sulfate tablets contain

  • The active substance (the ingredient that makes the tablets work) is dried ferrous sulfate BP. Each tablet contains 200mg dried ferrous sulfate BP equivalent to 65mg ferrous iron.
  • The other ingredients are spray dried liquid glucose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose (101) (E460), lactose granules containing lactose, maize starch, pregelatinised maize starch, purified talc (E553), acacia (E414), gelatin, sucrose, titanium dioxide (E171) and yellow carnauba wax.

What Ferrous Sulfate tablets look like and the contents of the pack

Ferrous Sulfate tablets are white, circular, biconvex, sugar-coated tablets.

Pack size is 28 and 100.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

EX32 8NS
Go to top of the page

This leaflet was last revised in – October 2015

If you would like a leaflet with larger text, please contact 01271 385257.

EX32 8NS

50866558 AAAI3557

Text size normal Text size at 110% Text size at 120%