Patient Encounter 1 Part

The patient is diagnosed with IDA and is started on ferrous sulfate 325 mg orally three times daily to be taken on an empty stomach. Follow-up CBC 1 month later reveals a Hgb of 10 g/dL (100 g/L or 6.2 mmol/L), previously 9.3 g/dL (93 g/L or 5.77 mmol/ L). The patient complains of shortness of breath on exertion and constipation. She also admits to taking only one tablet a day because of nausea.

What Hgb level would constitute a therapeutic response in this patient?

How can nausea secondary to ferrous sulfate be reduced in this patient?

What changes to this patient's iron therapy do you recommend?

Table 66-2 Food Sources of Iron, Folic Acid, or Vitamin B12

kon Red meat, orga n meats, wheat germ r egg yol ksr oysters

Table 66-3 Iron Products (IV and PO) and Elemental Iron Content


Elemental Iron Content

Salt Form


per Dose Form

Oral Formulations

Ferrous ^uEfate


65 mg/325-mg tabEct 60 rrig/300-mg tablet

Ferrous sulfate,


65 mg/^00-mg tablet


Ferrous gluconate


'19 mg/325-mg tablet 37 rrig/300-mg tablet

Ferrous fu ma rate


33 mg/lGO-mg tablet

PoEysacc ha ride-


150 ing/tapsule

iron complex

50 rng/tablet

Parenteral Formulations

Iron dextran InFED

Constipation Prescription

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