FERROUS SULPHATE

Ferro-Liquid

Reviewed by Dr Carl Kuschel
July 2005
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Management of Oral Ferrous Sulphate Administration

Description

Prescription

Administration of Oral Fergon

  1. Administer before feeds to maximise absorption. If not tolerated can be administered with a small amount of milk (milk decreases absorption of iron).

Nursing Considerations

  1. Observe for signs of adverse effects and/or toxicity. Keep in mind gastro-intestinal upset may be dose related.
  2. Observe stools. Check for constipation.

Storage

References

1 Pawlak RP and Herfert LA. Drug administration in the NICU. A handbook for Nurses, Neonatal Network 1990, 2nd Edition p100-1.
2 Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Paediatric Pharmacopoeia 11th Edition, 1994 p74.
3 Young TE and Mangum OB Neofax. A manual of drugs used in neonatal care. 11th Edition 1998, p176.
4 Nursing 1997 Drug Handbook, Springhouse. 1997, p857-8.