The fumarate (dicarboxylic acid) salt of the mineral iron is Ferrous Fumarate or Iron(II) fumarate. It is a type of dietary iron supplement that is mostly used to treat or prevent iron deficiency anemia, a condition characterized by low levels of red blood cells due to insufficient iron in the body.
|Name of Product||Ferrous Fumarate|
|Synonyms||Iron(II) fumarate; Feostat; Ferreus Fumarate; Fumarate ferreux; Fumarato ferroso|
|Molar Mass||169.90 g/mol|
|1||Appearance (Form)||Solid Powder|
|2||Appearance (Color)||Reddish-orange to Reddish-brown|
|4||Density||2.435 g/cm3 (20 °C)|
|5||Melting point||280 °C (536 °F; 553 K)|
|6||Solubility|| Very soluble in alcohol
Slightly soluble in water
|7||Loss on Drying (at 105°C )||NMT 1.0% w/w|
Ferrous fumarate is a type of iron supplement, having the following primary uses-
Side effects associated with the use of Ferrous Fumarate are as follows –
Q. What is the difference between Ferrous Fumarate and Ferrous Sulfate?
Both Ferrous Fumarate and Ferrous Sulfate are used as iron supplements. The major difference between the two is that, in ferrous fumarate, ferrous ion is coupled with an organic anion whereas the anion in ferrous sulfate is inorganic. Also, ferrous fumarate is reddish-brown in color and ferrous sulfate exists in different colors, the most common heptahydrate form being blue-green in color.
Q. Can Ferrous Fumarate be taken with Omeprazole?
Individuals who are iron-deficient or are suffering from anemia, should consult their physician before taking ferrous fumarate with Omeprazole. This is because omeprazole may impair iron absorption by lowering stomach acid, making ferrous fumarate less effective in treating the disease.
Q. Can Ferrous Fumarate cause high blood pressure?
There are no evidences suggesting that ferrous fumarate can directly cause hypertension.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen with ferrous fumarate?
There are no reported interactions between ibuprofen and ferrous fumarate. However, one should take advice from a registered medical practitioner for a personalized suggestion based on their specific situation.
Q. Is Ferrous Fumarate available over the counter?
Ferrous Fumarate is available both over the counter (OTC) and as a prescription medication, depending on the country and specific regulations in place.
Q. Does Ferrous Fumarate cause weight gain?
Ferrous fumarate does not directly contribute to weight gain. However, some individuals may experience changes in appetite or digestive discomfort when taking iron supplements, which could indirectly affect eating habits and weight.
Q. How long does Ferrous Fumarate take to work?
The majority of people begin to feel better within a week, but it may take up to four weeks for the medication to exert its maximum effect.