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Absorption of Slow-release Iron and Effects of Ascorbic Acid in Normal Subjects and after Partial Gastrectomy

Br Med J 1974; 4 doi: (Published 30 November 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;4:505
  1. I. McLean Baird,
  2. R. L. Walters,
  3. D. R. Sutton


    Radiolabelled tablets of slow-release iron and ferrous sulphate containing 50 mg of elemental iron were given to 28 patients, and iron absorption was studied using a whole body counter.

    There was no significant difference between the absorption of ferrous sulphate and that of slow-release iron in normal subjects, anaemic patients, anaemic and non-anaemic post-gastrectomy patients, or those with coeliac disease. Ascorbic acid potentiated iron absorption, especially in anaemic post-gastrectomy patients.

    The indications and hazards of slow release iron preparations are discussed.