With more than 70 years of expertise in oral iron therapy, Feosol® is a brand name with which you are probably familiar. For decades, Feosol has provided over-the-counter iron supplements trusted by doctors and their patients.
No Other Brand Offers Three Distinct Forms of Iron
The Feosol trio of iron supplements ranges from traditional and well-known forms like ferrous sulfate (as found in Feosol® Original) to the new and innovative HIP* and PIC iron combo (as found in Feosol® Complete with Bifera®).
In the middle is the gentle, yet not widely known form, carbonyl iron (as found in Feosol® Natural Release).
*HIP is Heme Iron Polypeptide, and PIC is Polysaccharide Iron Complex.
Talk to Your Patients About Iron Tolerability
Outside of addressing the underlying cause of iron deficiency, dietary intake of iron is an important area for patient education. Admittedly, there is a lot of confusion about iron – whether it’s in your food or a supplement. What little information patients do know about iron is limited to the side effects.
Helping your patients select the right iron means being familiar with their concerns, from side effects to absorption.
Connect to Pharmacy Times to read more about “The Importance of Iron and Use of Iron Supplements”. Here, you can print and share with your patients this great overview that includes the following:
- Patient Populations at Risk of Iron Deficiency
- Recommended Iron Intake by Age
- Overview of Various Iron Formulations and their Respective Tolerability Profiles
- Special Considerations When Taking Iron Supplements
Iron has a Bad Reputation.
There’s no denying it: iron doesn’t get a lot of love. There’s an education boundary, and compliance can be an issue, as doctors well know. Roughly 20% of patients who start oral iron therapy discontinue use because of the side effects.In fact, the primary reason for failure of oral iron therapy is poor compliance, often related to the GI side effects, which may affect more than ¼ of all patients.
That’s why the Feosol family of iron supplements may be a good choice for your patients – you can choose the most tolerable form based on your patient’s needs.
Yet the Need for Iron is Evident
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 5 females of childbearing age (or 3.3 million women) has iron deficiency anemia. That’s just one at-risk group; the causes of iron deficiency are many and diverse. For example, the following criteria may indicate an increased risk for iron deficiency anemia:
- Heavy or frequent menstrual period
- Crohn’s disease
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Vegetarian athlete
- Celiac disease (gluten intolerance)
- Excessive antacid intake