Ferrous salt/folic acid

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Ferrous salt/folic acid
Combination of
Ferrous saltmineral
Folic acidvitamin
Trade namesFefol, Galfer FA, others
Clinical data
Defined daily dose0.4 gram (by mouth)
10 mg (parenteral)[1]
External links
AHFS/Drugs.comMultum Consumer Information

Ferrous salt/folic acid is a supplement used to prevent iron deficiency and folic acid deficiency during pregnancy.[2] It can also be used to treat iron deficiency anemia.[2] It is a fixed dose combination of ferrous salt and folic acid.[2] It is taken by mouth.[2]

Side effects may include dark stools, constipation, and abdominal pain.[2] Caution is advised in people with hemochromatosis.[3] Excessive use in children can cause serious problems.[3]

Ferrous salt/folic acid was approved for medical use in the United States as early as 1946.[4] It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.[5] The wholesale cost in the developing world is about 0.07 to 1.02 USD a month.[6] It is not currently commercially available as a combination in the United States.[4] In the United Kingdom, it costs the NHS about £2.64 to £4.25 per month.[7]


The defined daily dose is 0.4 gram (by mouth) or 10 mg (by injection).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "WHOCC - ATC/DDD Index". www.whocc.no. Retrieved 18 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 World Health Organization (2009). Stuart MC, Kouimtzi M, Hill SR (eds.). WHO Model Formulary 2008. World Health Organization. pp. 249–50. hdl:10665/44053. ISBN 9789241547659.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Fefol Spansule Capsules - Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) - (eMC)". www.medicines.org.uk. 2 April 2013. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ferrous sulfate and folic acid medical facts from Drugs.com". www.drugs.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. World Health Organization (2019). World Health Organization model list of essential medicines: 21st list 2019. Geneva: World Health Organization. hdl:10665/325771. WHO/MVP/EMP/IAU/2019.06. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.
  6. "Ferrous Salt + Folic Acid". International Drug Price Indicator Guide. Retrieved 8 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. British national formulary : BNF 69 (69 ed.). British Medical Association. 2015. p. 661. ISBN 9780857111562.

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