Galfer Syrup 300ml
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Galfer Syrup is a sugar free, minty chocolate flavoured liquid for the treatment and prevention of anemia caused by iron deficiency. It contains ferrous fumarate to replace low levels of iron in the blood and is suitable for adults and children over 12 years.
- Take this medicine by mouth.
- Take this medicine before meals on an empty stomach if possible. If Galfer Syrup upsets your stomach, take it with or after food.
- Some foods such as tea, eggs and milk may reduce the amount of iron absorbed by the body. Check with the doctor or pharmacist about which foods to avoid.
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
- To prevent iron deficiency: take two 5ml spoonfuls once a day.
- To treat iron deficiency: take two 5ml spoonfuls once or twice a day.
If your symptoms have not started to improve after 28 days, you should ask your doctor for advice. Treatment should not normally carry on for more than 3 months after the iron deficiency has been corrected. Your doctor will advise you when to stop.
- Active Ingredient (per 5ml): Ferrous fumarate 140mg (equivalent to 45mg of elemental iron)
- Other Ingredients: Aluminium magnesium silicate, sodium parahydroxybenzoates (E219, E215, (sulfites), citric acid (E330), liquid maltitol (containing maltitol (E965) and sorbitol (E420)), chocolate flavour (milk, ethanol, propylene glycol (E1520), benzyl alcohol (E1519), sodium benzoate (E211)), peppermint flavour (propylene glycol (E1520), benzyl alcohol (E1519)) and purified water.
- People having tests on stool samples should tell the doctor as this medicine may turn stools black and effect test results.
- You can take Galfer Syrup when pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor first before using the medicine particularly if you are in the first 3 months of pregnancy. You may also need to take folic acid.
- Galfer Syrup contains 10g of liquid maltitol per 10ml dose (calorific value 2.3kcal/g). This may have a mild laxative effect. If you have been told by your doctor that you
- have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
- Galfer Syrup contains sodium hydroxybenzoates which may cause an allergic reaction (possibly delayed).
- Galfer Syrup may make your stools darker than usual. This is a normal effect of medicines containing iron.
- Galfer Syrup may blacken the teeth. To help prevent this, rinse your mouth with water after taking.
- Vitamin C and drinks containing citric acid may increase the amount of iron absorbed.
- Has an allergy to any of the ingredients.
- Has other problems with iron in the blood (including conditions that lead to iron building up in soft tissues, or problems with red blood cells).
- Has a stomach ulcer or other stomach or bowel problem.
- Has had repeated blood transfusions in the past.
- Has anaemia not related to low levels of iron before.
- Is currently having iron injections.
- Is taking dimercaprol for metal poisoning.
- Has a history of stomach ulcers.
- Has had part or all of the stomach removed.
- Has vitamin deficiency particularly vitamin B12 or folic acid.
- Is male, as iron deficiency is less common in men than women, and the causes may need investigating further by the doctor.
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