Ferrous Ascorbate - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Ferrous Ascorbate: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Ferrous Ascorbate?

Ferrous Ascorbate is a combination of vitamin C and iron. Ferrum or iron helps to replenish the iron stores in the human body. Ascorbate contains vitamin C that improves iron levels in the body by increasing its absorption from different sources. Ferrous Ascorbate also helps to produce an increased number of red blood cells and haemoglobin. It increases oxygen supply to various parts of the body and promotes cell growth and proliferation.

What are the uses of Ferrous Ascorbate?

Ferrous Ascorbate is used to treat iron deficiencies in the body. Thus, it acts as a health supplement for those with low iron content in their diet.

Iron increases the production of red blood cells and haemoglobin. Vitamin C present in Ferrous Ascorbate aids in the effective and maximum absorption of dietary iron. Ferrous Ascorbate is the main treatment agent for haemoglobin disorders (anaemia) related to iron deficiency and underlying chronic kidney disorders.

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What are the side effects of Ferrous Ascorbate?

The most common side effects associated with Ferrous Ascorbate includes –

  • Constipation
  • Dark stools or tarry stools
  • Metallic taste
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach upset

In case of an allergic reaction, or if any of these side effects persist for an unusually long duration and cause discomfort, you must consult the doctor immediately. One must take special precautions while using Ferrous Ascorbate in cases of other medical conditions. Consult our healthcare professionals at Yashoda Hospitals if you are diagnosed with metabolic disorders, stomach problems, or kidney disease.

What is Ferrous Ascorbate

Uses of Ferrous Ascorbate

Side effects of Ferrous Ascorbate

S.no Product Name Dosage Form
1. Orofer XT Ferrous ascorbate 100mg+folic acid 1.5mg Tablet
2. Feronia Ferrous ascorbate 100mg+folic acid 1.5mg Tablet
3. Ferium Ferrous ascorbate 100mg+folic acid 1.5mg Tablet
4. Livogen Ferrous ascorbate 100mg+folic acid 1500 mcg+zinc sulphate 61.8mg Tablet
5. Irozorb Ferrous ascorbate 100mg+folic acid 1.5mg Tablet


Frequently Asked Questions about Ferrous Ascorbate

1. How much elemental iron does Ferrous Ascorbate 100 mg contain?

Ferrous Ascorbate tablets in India contain 100 mg elemental iron. These tablets also contain 1 mg of Folic Acid. The dosage of tablets recommended for use in patients with iron deficiency anaemia is once daily. This dosage can be increased or decreased according to the particular requirements of the patient. Please consult a doctor to know the required dosage for you.

2. Can Ferrous Ascorbate tablets be consumed for tiredness?

A drop in the iron levels in the body decreases haemoglobin synthesis. It leads to the reduced oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, due to which you feel tired. Ferrous Ascorbate can boost iron levels, which, in turn, will boost energy levels and relieve your tiredness.

3. When should I take Ferrous Ascorbate?

You should take Ferrous Ascorbate tablets at least one hour before or two hours after meals. Do not consume dairy products or antacids for at least two hours after taking Ferrous Ascorbate as they may reduce the efficiency of this drug. Avoid laying down immediately after using the drug. Measure dose carefully if using Ferrous Ascorbate in liquid form.

4. Why do Ferrous Ascorbate tablets cause piles?

Ferrous Ascorbate is a beneficial supplement for the body. But constipation is one well-known side effect associated with this supplement. Prolonged constipation due to the use of Ferrous Ascorbate puts more strain on the rectum and the bowl. This increase in pressure can cause piles or aggravate existing hemorrhoidal conditions.

5. What is the use of Ferrous Ascorbate and Folic Acid tablets?

Ferrous Ascorbate and Folic Acid provide essential nutritional supplements for the body. Ferrous Ascorbate tablets are crucial for the treatment of anaemia resulting from iron deficiency. Folic Acid helps to produce red blood cells, promoting oxygen supply to all parts of the body. It also helps prevent spina bifida (a congenital disability in a baby's spinal cord) when used during pregnancy.

6. How much iron is in Ferrous Ascorbate?

To maximize the benefits of Ferrous Ascorbate, the inclusion of rich sources of iron in the diet is advisable. Some rich sources of iron include poultry products, red meat, green leafy vegetables, beans, resins, almonds, iron-fortified bread, and cereals. Ascorbate will increase the absorption of iron from these products. It will help the body to restore its iron reserves faster.

7. Which is better, Ferrous Sulfate or Ferrous Ascorbate?

Ferrous sulfate and Ferrous Ascorbate both are used as iron supplements. But Ferrous Ascorbate is known to cause fewer gastrointestinal complications and is absorbed faster than ferrous sulfate. Moreover, patients can tolerate Ferrous Ascorbate better and can thus use it safely for a longer duration. So, Ferrous Ascorbate is considered better than Ferrous Sulfate.

8. Is Ferrous Ascorbate safe during pregnancy?

Yes. Ferrous Ascorbate is safe during pregnancy if used under the supervision of a health care professional. Consuming the recommended dosage of Ferrous Ascorbate during pregnancy improves iron utilization and satisfies the increased demand for iron in a pregnant woman's body. Hence it prevents iron deficiency in pregnant women.

9. Why is Ferrous Ascorbate better?

Ferrous Ascorbate is better when compared to other iron supplements, as it causes minimal gastrointestinal tract problems. Also, it is easily absorbed in the human body with less troublesome interactions with dietary products and other medicines. Ferrous Ascorbate is also suitable for long-term use as compared to other iron supplements.

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