What is Ferrous Fumarate?

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Ferrous fumarate is an iron salt used for the prevention and treatment of iron-deficiency anemias

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Iron deficiency anemia 29 15
Fatigue 2 3
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 2 1
Anemia 1 0
Diagnostic assessment 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 10
Mild 9
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ferrous Fumarate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 8
Black stool 2
Flatulence 2
Stomach pain 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Abdominal pain 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ferrous Fumarate

Dosage Patients Percentage
300 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ferrous Fumarate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 8
Doctor's advice 4
Did not seem to work 3
Side effects too severe 3
Other 2
Expense 1
See all 18 patients who've stopped taking Ferrous Fumarate

Duration

Currently taking Ferrous Fumarate

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1

Stopped taking Ferrous Fumarate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 15
Usually 8
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 17
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 10
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ferrous Fumarate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ferrous Gluconate (Fergon) 1

Patients stopped taking Ferrous Fumarate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ferrous Gluconate (Fergon) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Ferrous Fumarate

Aug 15, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for iron deficiency)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (heartburn)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: switched to thorne iron bisglycinate. tolerated it well but no change in iron levels. even with the addition of ferrous phos cell salts. seems like not absorbing iron or vitamin d orally.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 30, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for iron deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Again, Iron levels in blood have not really improved. I think this is due to the brand - Swanson. Switching to a brand my naturopath recommends soon. Best absorbed with Vitamin C (which I do).
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 28, 2012 (Started Feb 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for iron deficiency anemia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (bad breath (halitosis))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 100 mg/5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Easy to take entreally but shudder to imagine oral applications ! Tastes foul.

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 6, 2010 (Started Jun 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for iron deficiency)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation, flatulence)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flatulence, constipation

Apr 15, 2009 (Started Jun 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation, flatulence)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg Daily
Side effects: flatulence, constipation

  • 0 helpful marks
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