Understanding your iron deficiency
Did you know that iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia are not the same thing? Iron deficiency is only one cause of anaemia. If you do not absorb iron each day, your body’s stores gradually run down.
As iron stores are used up, you become iron deficient. Over a long period of time, if iron deficiency is not corrected, you will develop iron deficiency anaemia, a serious condition where red blood cell production falls and oxygen transported around the body decreases.3
If you have recently been diagnosed with iron deficiency, rest assured you are not alone. Iron deficiency is actually quite common. In fact, one in six New Zealand women under 45 years may have some form of iron deficiency.1
Oral iron supplementation is a first-line therapy for treating iron deficiency.2 So if you’ve been prescribed ferrograd® you are on the right path to getting your iron levels back on track.
Here’s a few tips to help you get your
iron levels sorted
References: 1. Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA). Iron Deficiency. Clinical Update. First Ed 2008, updated October 2015. Available at: www.gesa.org.au (Accessed September 2019). 2. Beck KL et al. Eur J Nutr 2013;52:467-476. 3. Pasricha SS et al. Diagnosis and management of iron deficiency anaemia: a clinical update. Med J Aust 2010; 193:525-532. 4. Baird-Gunning J. & Bromley J. Aust Prescr 2016;39:193-9. 5. Iron Deficiency [revised March 2016.] In eTG complete. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; March 2014. Available at: hppt://online.tg.org.au/complete/. (Accessed September 2019).
ferrograd® (dried ferrous sulfate 325 milligrams, equivalent to 105 milligrams elemental iron). ferrograd® C (dried ferrous sulfate 325 milligrams, equivalent to 105 milligrams elemental iron and vitamin C 500 milligrams). Medicine Classification: Pharmacy Only Medicine for the prevention and treatment of tiredness and fatigue associated with iron deficiency. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your doctor. Iron supplements should not be taken for more than 12 months without consulting a healthcare professional. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Dosage: One tablet daily as directed. Tablets should be swallowed whole. ferrograd® is a fully funded medicine. ferrograd® C is an unfunded medicine. You will need to pay for this medicine. ferrograd® is a registered trademark of BGP Products S.a.r.l, Mylan NZ Ltd., Auckland. FER-2019-0007 TAPS DA1927FR-194.