How should I take ferrous sulfate and folic acid?

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When taking ferrous sulfate with folic acid, follow your doctor’s directions. Additional guidelines include:
  • Take on an empty stomach. With stomach problems, take the pill with food. Take at least one hour before or two hours after eating.
  • Avoid antacids, dairy products, tea or coffee for two hours, before or after.
  • Store pills between 59° and 86°F. Protect from excessive heat, moisture or freezing.
  • Don’t crush, break or open extended-release tablets or capsules.
  • Don’t lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medicine.
  • Take these supplements at the same time each day

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