FERRIMED® - What is iron deficiency?


Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide.1 Iron is essential for the production of healthy red blood cells and the resulting healthy haemoglobin* levels. In essence, a sufficient amount of haemoglobin is a vital part in the body's ability to transport oxygen through the body.2 Therefore, an iron deficiency anaemia will negatively impact your body's ability to transport enough oxygen.

*Haemoglobin – a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen.


  • Blood loss
  • o Bleeding from gastrointestinal tract (e.g. bleeding stomach ulcer)
  • o Injuries
  • o Childbirth
  • o Surgery
  • o Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • o Bleeding from tumours (e.g. kidney, colon)
  • Deficient red blood cell production
  • o Nutritional deficiencies e.g. iron, Vitamin C
  • Excessive red blood cells destruction
  • o Enlarged spleen
  • o Mechanical injury to red blood cells due to infection and trauma
  • o Inherited conditions


  • Blue colour to whites of the eyes
  • Brittle nails
  • Decreased appetite (especially in children)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability
  • Pale skin colour
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore tongue
  • Unusual food cravings (pica)
  • Weakness

There may be no symptoms if the anaemia is mild. 4

Click here to find out more about prevention and treatment of iron deficiency anaemia

Anaemia is not a diagnosis; it is a symptom of an underlying disorder. Thus, even mild anaemia with no apparent symptoms should be investigated by a doctor. 3

For more information, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For full prescribing information refer to: Ferrimed® Package Insert

  1. Killip S, Bennet JM, Chambers MD. Iron Deficiency Anemia. Am Fam Physician 2007;75:671-678.
  2. Iron Deficiency Anemia and Low Hemoglobin. About Blood Disorders.com [online] [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:
  3. Etiology of Anemia: Approach to the Patient with Anemia. Merck Manual Professional [online] Jun 2008 [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/print/hematology_and_oncology /approach_to_the_patient_with_anemia/evaluation_of_anemia.html
  4. Iron deficiency anemia. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.com [online] May 2009 [cited 2012 feb 1] Available from: URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000584.htm
  5. Suite101. How to prevent Iron Deficiency Naturally. Iron absorbtion through eating healthy foods and vitamins. [online] 7 Oct 2009 [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:http://nutrition.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_prevent_iron_deficiency_naturally
  6. Iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms. MayoClinic.com [online] [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/iron-deficiency-anemia/DS00323/DSECTION=symptoms
  7. Evaluation of Anemia: Approach to the Patient with Anemia. Merck Manual Professional [online] Jun 2008 [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology_and_oncology/approach_to_the_patient_with_anemia/evaluation_of_anemia.html

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S0 Ferrimed® Capsules / H840 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each capsule contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex and 150 µg folic acid. S0 Ferrimed® D.S. Chewable Tablets / L/8.3/201 / Each tablet contains 100 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex. S0 Ferrimed® Syrup / H842 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each 5 ml contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex.

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