Each capsule contains:
Dried Ferrous sulphate BP 150 mg
Folic acid (vitamin B9) BP 0.5 mg
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) BP 50 mg
Thiamine Hydrochloride BP 2 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)BP 2 mg
Pyridoxine hydrochloride BP 1 mg
Nicotinamide BP 10 mg
Zinc sulphate monohydrate BP 25 mg
Ferofort is a haematinic preparation of prophylaxis of iron and folic-acid deficiency during pregnancy.
The ferrous iron absorbed by the mucosal cells of the duodenum is oxidized to the ferric form, and this is bound to a protein to form ferritin. Ferritin in the mucosal cells releases iron into the blood. Vitamins are absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract.
Riboflavin is converted in the body to the coenzyme flavine mononucleotide and then to another coenzyme flavine adenine dinucleotide. Pyridoxine is converted to the active pyridoxal phosphate in liver which is bound to plasma proteins. Folic acid rapidly appears in the blood where it is extensively bound to plasma proteins.
The folic acid or pyridoxine hydrochloride content of one capsule a day is unlikely to mask pernicious anaemia should this condition be present; pregnancy during pernicious anaemia is very rare.
Therapeutic doses of iron may cause gastro-intestinal discomfort, diarrhea, constipation and vomiting. These side-effects have been reported rare. These side-effects can be reduced by taking it with, or immediately after, food. Large doses of ferrous sulphate may have irritant and corrosive effects on the gastro-intestinal mucosa.
Ferrous sulphate and other iron salts should not be given to patients receiving repeated blood transfusions or to patients with anaemias not produced by iron deficiency unless iron deficiency is also present. Care should be taken when given to patients with iron-storage or iron-absorption diseases, haemoglobinopathies or existing gastro-intestinal disease. The absorption of iron salts and tetracyclines is diminished when they are taken concomitantly by mouth. If treatment with both drugs is required, the iron salt should be administered 3 hours before or 2 hours after the tetracycline. The absorption of iron salts is also decreased in the presence of antacids or when taken with tea. Iron salts appear to reduce the effects of penicillamine.
Patients with asiderotic anaemia & latent iron deficit should take 1-2 capsules 2 times a day. Breast feeding, Menstrual period & Pregnant women from14 pregnancy week should take 1 Capsule once a day or as directed by the physician.
Store in a cool, dark & dry place. Keep out of reach of children.
Ferofort capsules are available in blister of 10 capsules.