Does ferrous sulphate cause dark discoloration on the facial skin?

Posted on Wed, 26 Apr 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: about a week ago my new doctor discovered diagnosed me as highly anemic. she prescribed iron (as ferrous sulfate) 65 mg three times per day. I have been taking this dosage since. My question is: can this be the cause of my facial skin becoming darker? Nobody I've asked seems to know. My face was a very light tan; now it's progressively getting darker brown. Any ideas would be helpful.
Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 12 minutes later
Brief Answer:
This is not a known side effect of ferrous sulfate.

Detailed Answer:
HI and thanks for contacting us at healthcare magic.

I have reviewed your information fully and this is not suggestive of a possible side effect from ferrous sulphate. If there has been increased exposure to sunlight, that might be responsible for tanning/darkening. However, this is not common for persons taking ferrous sulphate.

I hope this helps addressing your worry. I wish you well and do feel free to follow up with me if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 7 minutes later
There has not been increased exposure to sunlight. I thought it might be iron related merely due to timing. Is there anything else out there that could cause this? Should I be worried? It's darker in some areas than others but only on my face.
Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Can I see a picture of your face for review?

Detailed Answer:

I will kindly suggest that you send a picture of your face to me for review. This way, I can relate more to these changes that you have reported.

To upload an image, simply click on the link to upload a file and follow the instructions. If this proves difficult, please send the image by mail to YYYY@YYYY and request that the image should be uploaded to your query.

I do promise to get back to you with more insights and helpful recommendations as soon as the requested information gets here.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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