Ferrous Gluconate

What is ferrous gluconate?

Ferrous gluconate is a form of iron that is often taken to supplement those with deficiency, such as anemics. It is administered orally as a tablet. It is also used as an additive in food and can be found under the E number E579.

What is ferrous gluconate used for?

  • Iron deficiency
  • Anemia

Ferrous gluconate is used to increase the number of red blood cells in those that are deficient in iron. It is one of the best iron supplements as it is easy to absorb in comparison to others.

For optimum absorption, all iron supplements should be taken with vitamin C.

How does ferrous gluconate work?

Ferrous gluconate promotes red blood cell production by increasing the amount of iron in the blood. It is administered orally and can be found as extended-release tablet or immediate-release tablet or liquid.

Immediate-release tablets can be chewable or swallow-whole but extended-release tablets should always be swallowed.

What is the recommended dosage for ferrous gluconate?

Ferrous gluconate comes in doses ranging from 225mg to 325mg. The adult recommended daily dose of iron is 8mg for men and 18mg for women. Teenagers (14-18 years) recommended daily dose is 11mg for men and 15mg for women.

This increases to 27mg for pregnant women, regardless of age, 10mg for lactating teenagers and 9mg for lactating adults.

The recommended daily dose of iron for children over 6 months is as follows:

  • 7-12months: 11mg
  • 1-3 years: 7mg
  • 4-8 years: 10mg
  • 9-13 years: 8mg

What are the side effects of ferrous gluconate?

Ferrous gluconate is a safe supplement, but too much can be dangerous to children. An overdose of iron might cause drowsiness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, blood in stool or vomit, seizures and heart rate complications.

Overdose can be fatal, especially to children, so seek emergency medical attention if you think you might have taken too much.

FAQs

What is the difference between ferrous sulfate and ferrous gluconate?

Ferrous salts are a group of iron supplements including ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate and ferrous fumarate. The difference between the three is the amount of elemental iron they contain, and how well it is absorbed. Ferrous sulfate contains 20% elemental iron while ferrous gluconate contains 12%.

What is ferrous gluconate in olives?

Ferrous gluconate is used as an additive in black olives, to preserve their color.

Does ferrous gluconate cause weight gain?

Weight gain is a commonly reported side effect of iron treatment, especially in females, however there is no clinical evidence to back this up.

Does ferrous gluconate have gluten?

No. There is no gluten in ferrous gluconate, the names just sound similar.

Can you buy ferrous gluconate over the counter?

Yes. You can buy ferrous gluconate over the counter .

Can ferrous gluconate be crushed?

Instant-release ferrous gluconate tablets can be crushed. Do not crush extended-release tablets as this might result in an overdose.

What is the difference between ferrous fumarate and ferrous gluconate?

Ferrous salts are a group of iron supplements including ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate and ferrous fumarate. The difference between the three is the amount of elemental iron they contain, and how well it is absorbed. Ferrous fumarate contains 33% elemental iron while ferrous gluconate contains 12%.

Does ferrous gluconate cause black stools?

Yes. One side effect of all iron supplements is a darkened stool. This is nothing to worry about.

Is ferrous gluconate vegan?

Yes. Ferrous gluconate is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. It is recommended for replacing the iron that many people get from animal products.

Does ferrous gluconate expire?

All medications have an expiry date, after which their manufacturer cannot guarantee their potency.

How long does ferrous gluconate take to work?

Everyone is different, but you can expect to start seeing a difference after a few weeks of taking iron supplements.

Does ferrous gluconate cause constipation?

Ferrous gluconate can cause mild constipation, but it is less likely to do so than other ferrous salts.

Can I use ferrous gluconate with vitamin C?

You can take ferrous gluconate without vitamin C but it is not recommended. Vitamin C helps iron to be absorbed, so you may not see effects without it.

Can I take b12 with ferrous gluconate?

Yes. You can take B12 with ferrous gluconate.

Can ferrous gluconate cause liver issues?

In normal quantities, ferrous gluconate is safe. Overdose, however, can be extremely damaging to the liver.

Can ferrous gluconate cause headaches?

Some people do report headaches as a side effect of ferrous gluconate, but these should go away after a while. If you are experiencing unbearable side effects, speak to your doctor about other options.

Conditions ferrous gluconate might help

Anemia

Research has consistently found ferrous gluconate in every form to effectively combat iron deficiency.

Studies have found it to be safe and effective for raising red blood cell counts in pregnant and post-partum individuals. This research gave participants 75mg of oral liquid split twice a day, 80mg of effervescent tablet once a day, 105mg of tablet once a day or 80mg of protein succinylate split twice a day.

Ferrous gluconate was slightly more effective and significantly better tolerated than other forms, so that might be the best option for treating anemia.

Ferrous Gluconate may prevent:

Ferrous Gluconate desired effects:

  • Increased Erythroid Cell Production

Ferrous Gluconate pharmacologic actions:

  • Hematinics

Ferrous Gluconate mechanism of action:

  • Electrolyte Activity
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Last updated: 10/16/2022, 5:03:38 PM