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Ferrous Ascorbate



Ferrous ascorbate is used to prevent and treat iron deficiency anemia (low levels of hemoglobin in blood) that may occur due to inadequate diet, pregnancy, excessive bleeding or other medical conditions.

How it works

Ferrous ascorbate belongs to the class of medicines called antianemics and is an oral iron supplement. It is a synthetic form of iron (ferrous) and along with ascorbic acid (ascorbate), that helps increase the absorption of iron in the small intestine, it raises iron levels in blood which is essential for red blood cell or hemoglobin production.

Common side effects

Nausea, Abdominal pain, Black/dark colored stools, Constipation, Heartburn


Expert advice

  • Take ferrous ascorbate with meals to reduce gastric discomfort.
  • Inform your doctor about any medications you may be receiving for treating infections (antibiotics).
  • Tell your doctor if you have ulcerations in stomach or intestine (peptic ulcer) or long-term inflammation of the intestine (regional enteritis and ulcerative colitis).
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stools, black stools, vomiting of blood, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, high blood sugar levels, dehydration, drowsiness, pale appearance, and bluish discoloration of skin, lack of vigor or fits.
  • Consult your doctor regarding use of ferrous ascorbate in children.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to iron supplements or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if suffering with disorders of excessive iron accumulation in the body (hemosiderosis and hemochromatosis), low hemoglobin in blood due to increased destruction of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia) or inability to produce red blood cells (red cell aplasia).

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)