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Took ferrous sulphate instead of ferrous gluconate. Which one is better?

Hi, i had a question i had to take these iron bills so i took ferrous gluconate 35mg and i felt it was not harsh on my stomach , and now i went to buy it again but i bought ferrous sulfate 60mg instead, and my question is can i take this iron or its going to hurt my stomach? and which one is better so i can choose next time and by the right one. thank you.
Asked On : Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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thank you for your query.
both are similar compounds of iron with different densities and chemical ratio.Ferrous gluconate (organic) is much better absorbed than ferrous sulphate (inorganic) as organic supplements are much better absorbed than inorganic supplements.its just that inorganic supplements need to be taken in greater amounts than organic supplements.

Some people tolerate the gastrointestinal side effects of ferrous gluconate better than ferrous sulfate. Therapeutically, they are the same and you can use the ferrous sulfate instead of ferrous gluconate.

it just depends on which drug your stomach tolerates better.

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wishing you good health
Answered: Thu, 20 Jun 2013
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