Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder. Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) affects over 1.2 billion people globally, and iron deficiency without anaemia affects even more.1,2 Even a mild deficiency can result in fatigue, poor concentration, mood changes and reduced physical endurance.2

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Identify different iron replacement options that may be taken/used to treat or prevent iron deficiency
  • Identify potential adverse effects and interactions associated with oral iron supplementation
  • Counsel consumers on the appropriate way of administering iron, including new dosing options for non-responders.

Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1, 1.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5.

Accreditation number: CAP1907A

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Beyond anaemia, iron deficiency can also cause weakness, shortness of breath, pallor, cold intolerance, irritability, withdrawal behaviour, hair loss, tachycardia, restless legs and pica (unusual cravings for eating, for example, ice or clay).2–5 The efficacy of thyroid hormones is also dependent on iron, which may co

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