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Slow iron

Generic name: ferrous sulfate [far-us-sul-fate]
Brand names include: feosol fer in-sol ferosul fe-vite droplets, infant and toddler iron droplets,… Show all nine brands
Drug class: iron products

What is Slow iron?

Slow iron is one type of iron. Iron is normally obtained from food.iron assists the blood in carrying oxygen to all the parts and tissues in your body. It also helps muscle cells store oxygen. Slow iron is used for iron deficiency. Slow iron can also be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Slow iron

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing and swelling of lips, face, tongue or throat. Seek medical assistance immediately.

Slow iron can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Severe stomach pain or nausea
  • Cough with bloody mucus or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • Fever
  • Bloody or tarry stool.

Side effects of slow iron include:

  • Diarrhea, constipation;
  • Nausea, stomach pain;
  • Green-coloured stools
  • Loss of appetite

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The fda can be contacted at 1-800-fda-1088 to report side effects.

Similar/related drugs

Ferrous sulphate, folic acid, ergocalciferol, thiamine, zinc, ferosulphate, and venofer


Do not use it other than as directed. Inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking or if you have allergies or other medical conditions.

Before you take this drug

If you have had any of the following:

  • Iron overload syndrome
  • A disorder of the red blood cells, such as thalassemia
  • A condition that requires regular blood transfusions.

Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or nursing. Slow iron should not be given to children without consulting a doctor.

How to take Slow iron?

Follow the instructions on the label or those prescribed by your doctor. Do not eat for at least an hour or two hours before you take the pill. Measuring liquid medicine is important. Use the provided dosing device or a dose-measuring tool (not a spoon).

Do not chew or crush the tablet. It may be necessary to follow a specific diet. You should follow the instructions given by your doctor or dietitian. Find out what foods you should or shouldn't eat. Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if i miss the dose?

If you are almost due for your next dose, skip the missed one. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if i overdose?

Call the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. If a child accidentally swallows a tablet, call 911. A child can die from an iron overdose. Overdose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, bleeding, diarrhea, thirst, dryness of the skin, cramps in the muscles, and dizziness.

What should be avoided?

Avoid taking any other iron supplements. Take any vitamins or minerals only after consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

Interaction with other drug

Slow iron should be taken 2 to 6 hours prior to or after any of the following medications:

  • An antacid;
  • Anti-microbial
  • A laxative.

This list is incomplete. Slow iron may be affected by other drugs, such as vitamins and herbs. This list does not include all possible drug interactions.