Ferrous salt/folic acid

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Ferrous salt/folic acid
Combination of
Ferrous saltmineral
Folic acidvitamin
Clinical data
Trade namesFefol, Galfer FA, others
AHFS/Drugs.comMultum Consumer Information
ATC code

Ferrous salt/folic acid is a supplement used to prevent iron deficiency and folic acid deficiency during pregnancy.[1] It can also be used to treat iron deficiency anemia.[1] It is a fixed dose combination of ferrous salt and folic acid.[1] It is taken by mouth.[1]

Side effects may include dark stools, constipation, and abdominal pain.[1] Caution is advised in people with hemochromatosis.[2] Excessive use in children can cause serious problems.[2]

Ferrous salt/folic acid was approved for medical use in the United States as early as 1946.[3] It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.[4] The wholesale cost in the developing world is about 0.07 to 1.02 USD a month.[5] It is not currently commercially available as a combination in the United States.[3] In the United Kingdom, it costs the NHS about 2.64 to 4.25 pounds per month.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e WHO Model Formulary 2008 (PDF). World Health Organization. 2009. pp. 249–250. ISBN 9789241547659. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ a b "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.
  4. ^ "WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (19th List)" (PDF). World Health Organization. April 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Ferrous Salt + Folic Acid". International Drug Price Indicator Guide. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ British national formulary : BNF 69 (69 ed.). British Medical Association. 2015. p. 661. ISBN 9780857111562.