Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- iron overload syndrome;
- hemolytic anemia (a lack of red blood cells);
- porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system);
- thalassemia (a genetic disorder of red blood cells);
- if you are an alcoholic; or
- if you receive regular blood transfusions.
Do not take any vitamin or mineral supplements that your doctor has not prescribed or recommended.
Avoid taking an antibiotic medicine within 2 hours before or after you take ferrous sulfate and folic acid. This is especially important if you are taking an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), gatifloxacin (Tequin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or sparfloxacin (Zagam).
Certain foods can also make it harder for your body to absorb this medication. Avoid taking this medication within 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating fish, meat, liver, and whole grain or “fortified” breads or cereals.
Avoid using antacids without your doctor’s advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. Antacids contain different medicines and some types can make it harder for your body to absorb ferrous sulfate