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How can I minimize the side effects of ferrous sulfate?

Ferrous sulfate does have treatable side effects, such as constipation and heartburn. You can prevent and treat these side effects in several ways.

  • You may take half the recommended dose at first, then gradually increase it to the full dose.
  • You may divide the daily dose into smaller doses to be taken more times per day.
  • Even though the recommendation is to take iron on an empty stomach for better absorption, you may take it with food to reduce stomach upset.
  • You may take a different type of iron supplement that has fewer side effects, such as delayed-release or enteric-coated pills.
  • You may take a stool softener or laxative to treat constipation. 

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