Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

    • franby64
    • By franby64 10th Feb 16, 4:02 PM
    • 894Posts
    • 10,920Thanks
    Ferrous Sulphate 200mg tablets
    • #1
    • 10th Feb 16, 4:02 PM
    Ferrous Sulphate 200mg tablets 10th Feb 16 at 4:02 PM
    I've been buying these tablets for my daughters for 2/3 years and always paid around £4 -£4.50 for 100 in Boots.
    I went in there the other day and was quoted over £26 for the same tub.
    I've emailed Boots but they are now saying that I was always under charged before which I find hard to believe.
    Has anybody else experienced this price hike for these tablets? Is there a world shortage of iron?! I would love to know what's going on. And is there anywhere I can get some at a reasonable price?
    Starting weight on 22/6 14st 00lbs. Weight on 15/2 10st 11lbs. Lost 3st 3lbs.Target 9st 12lbs. 13lbs left.
Page 1
    • tomtontom
    • By tomtontom 10th Feb 16, 4:13 PM
    • 7,189 Posts
    • 16,351 Thanks
    • #2
    • 10th Feb 16, 4:13 PM
    • #2
    • 10th Feb 16, 4:13 PM ms&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=1RMKZ1RK38Q 5MZ02JFMN

    Not sure why Boots are charging so much, try one of the supermarket pharmacies if you don't want to buy online.

    I assume your daughters are iron deficient? Are they not able to get them in a high quantity on prescription?
    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 10th Feb 16, 4:17 PM
    • 17,171 Posts
    • 26,490 Thanks
    Torry Quine
    • #3
    • 10th Feb 16, 4:17 PM
    • #3
    • 10th Feb 16, 4:17 PM
    That does seem very expensive. I would try other chemists.

    I presume she has been prescribed this as too much iron can have dangerous effects
    Lost my soulmate so life is empty.

    I can bear pain myself, he said softly, but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have -
    Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
    • Jemima09
    • By Jemima09 11th Feb 16, 1:16 PM
    • 162 Posts
    • 113 Thanks
    • #4
    • 11th Feb 16, 1:16 PM
    • #4
    • 11th Feb 16, 1:16 PM
    It's not just boots, I used to buy the 100s |but then they went off the market for a long time, and it was just meant to be a 'supply issue' although the 28s were always still available for £2 ish - this was a few years back now...

    Packets of 28 are now between around £2.50-£3.50 (I think I paid £3.15 at tesco pharmacy), but the 100s are £25ish. Makes no sense but never mind!
    Debt Free and Very Very Proud! - DMP mutual support member 315
    Debts at May 09 (LBM) £20,675 : Dec 13 £ZERO!
    • franby64
    • By franby64 12th Feb 16, 8:39 AM
    • 894 Posts
    • 10,920 Thanks
    • #5
    • 12th Feb 16, 8:39 AM
    • #5
    • 12th Feb 16, 8:39 AM
    Thank you all for your replies.

    Tomtontom - I'll keep a note of the link but I 'm a bit wary of buying medication over the internet.

    Torry Quine - Both my daughters were diagnosed with anaemia after blood tests and we just kept on with the iron tablets because it seemed like a good idea. It's probably time they got retested and then got iron tablets on prescription if they still need to take high dosages.

    Jemima09 - It's strange isn't it. The maths doesn't follow. I'd forgotten about the packets of 28 though, might buy them.

    I still don't feel Boots are telling me the whole story so I'll keep trying to find out!
    Starting weight on 22/6 14st 00lbs. Weight on 15/2 10st 11lbs. Lost 3st 3lbs.Target 9st 12lbs. 13lbs left.
    • Jemima09
    • By Jemima09 12th Feb 16, 9:16 AM
    • 162 Posts
    • 113 Thanks
    • #6
    • 12th Feb 16, 9:16 AM
    • #6
    • 12th Feb 16, 9:16 AM
    Boots definitely don't tell you the full story! It was them that I first went to this time of needing to take them, and I asked could I still buy them over the counter, and she said I could but they were expensive! And i forgot to ask about the boxes..

    I really don't get what the difference is, they're the same tablets, same shape same everything from what I can tell! But the boxes never went up in price..
    Debt Free and Very Very Proud! - DMP mutual support member 315
    Debts at May 09 (LBM) £20,675 : Dec 13 £ZERO!
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 12th Feb 16, 9:27 AM
    • 12,508 Posts
    • 218,977 Thanks
    • #7
    • 12th Feb 16, 9:27 AM
    • #7
    • 12th Feb 16, 9:27 AM
    It's definitely worth getting your daughters retest - as Torry says excessive iron can be dangerous. (Last time I was severely anaemic I had careful calculations done to work out the max dose to avoid toxicity and was told not to lose weight).

    However, ferrous sulphate is not a nice way to supplement iron. They have VERY constipating and need a high fibre diet. Ferrous fumarate is better (although that was in supply constraint last time I took it about 3 years ago), and there are plenty of gentler options available for those who don't need such high doses.

    I'm still undergoing treatment and monitoring for iron deficiency anaemia, and current practice seems to be to avoid iron supplementation where possible and work to stabilise iron levels. I'm making progress, and replenishing stores combined with an improved diet has helped but we're not quite there yet - next step is apparently to try to improve absorption by supplementing vitamin C (which is less problematic) rather than iron.

    As both medical best practice and your daughters' iron levels may have changed, it is well worth a review.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 12th Feb 16, 11:42 AM
    • 8,288 Posts
    • 6,110 Thanks
    • #8
    • 12th Feb 16, 11:42 AM
    • #8
    • 12th Feb 16, 11:42 AM
    I'm prescribed ferrous fumurate and have never had problems getting my prescription filled so perhaps the supply constraint has eased?
    • heuchera
    • By heuchera 12th Feb 16, 12:53 PM
    • 1,649 Posts
    • 3,240 Thanks
    • #9
    • 12th Feb 16, 12:53 PM
    • #9
    • 12th Feb 16, 12:53 PM
    However, ferrous sulphate is not a nice way to supplement iron. They have VERY constipating and need a high fibre diet. Ferrous fumarate is better (although that was in supply constraint last time I took it about 3 years ago), and there are plenty of gentler options available for those who don't need such high doses.
    Originally posted by greenbee
    Spa-tone is pretty good and doesn't have nasty side effects, as it's just iron-rich water.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 12th Feb 16, 1:15 PM
    • 7,593 Posts
    • 21,698 Thanks
    I used to have a nip of Floradix & a nap when the baby allowed. Restorative combination!

    Please get back to your GP as both anaemia & iron toxicity are unpleasant, and even if prescription costs are high at least you can negotiate how many tablets you're getting or a clear steer as to what strength & for how long before review.
    All the best!
    • FBaby
    • By FBaby 12th Feb 16, 3:02 PM
    • 16,626 Posts
    • 41,193 Thanks
    Just bought some at Tesco today, they only sold boxes of 28 and that was £2 something.

    I previously bought them at Asda, and the pharmacist recommended buying 100 as it was much cheaper. I can't remember the price but it was definitely under £5. When I went this week-end, they were out, but said they would have it next week. I will check next time if the price has gone up from 3 months ago.

    As to whether it is right to take iron or not, I think it is a very personal issue. I've never suffered from anemia, but I do have a naturally low level of it. It probably wouldn't be an issue except that I have a very busy life and am very physically active (run half marathon and more) and I can really feel the difference with my trainingoi9i when I take iron tablets (200mg every other day).

    I eat bran flakes every day and as long as I do, no problem with constipation.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 12th Feb 16, 5:43 PM
    • 9,002 Posts
    • 5,361 Thanks
    I would see a doctor again and try to give the girls more foods which naturally contain iron.

    Another point: Are you sure that they have iron deficiency anaemia ?

    I had it as a child and was given a short course of iron tablets, but now I have pernicious anaemia, which needs regular injections of vitamin B12, that have to be done by the practice nurse.
    • Alisonvainlo
    • By Alisonvainlo 18th Feb 16, 8:56 PM
    • 1 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    I was quoted £28 for 100 tablets in Asda today! They too said they had been undercharging and that was the reason for the hike. Suspiciously, Boots and Superdrug have both been out of Ferrous Sulphate for the past 2 weeks, which is why I went to Asda. I was advised to get them on prescription. I think this needs investigating, this kind of price hike is totally unacceptable.
    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 18th Feb 16, 9:22 PM
    • 21,175 Posts
    • 36,772 Thanks
    I get those same tablets on prescription from my doctor.
    Liverpool is one of the wonders of Britain,
    What it may grow to in time, I know not what.

    Daniel Defoe: 1725.
    • abisan777
    • By abisan777 18th Feb 16, 10:19 PM
    • 3 Posts
    • 2 Thanks
    I had the same problem last month- Boots wanted to charge me £22 for a box of 28. I ended up getting of the bus home from work several stops early to go to my local independent pharmacy- £3.25 for 60 tablets.

    It's definitely worth getting rechecked-if nothing else, shouldn't someone be figuring out why your daughter keeps becoming anaemic? If she does need it monthly, it might be worth looking at a prescription prepayment card- she'd need 13 lots of medicine (28 days each) and a year card is £104 which saves £2 but more if she has any more prescriptions in a year.
    • Bellisima
    • By Bellisima 6th Jun 17, 9:50 AM
    • 84 Posts
    • 94 Thanks
    Such a con! Lloyds chemist (including Sainsbury's) told me price had gone up to £20 for 100 tablets due to an increase in the price of base product! I didn't believe them. I've found Tescos and Morrisons as well as my local chemist charge £3.05 for 60 tablets. You have to ask at the chemist counter as they are not on the shelf, something to do with dangers of overdosing, I think. Fair enough.
    • Toothsmith
    • By Toothsmith 6th Jun 17, 4:36 PM
    • 8,833 Posts
    • 10,513 Thanks
    Looking online, I did find a warning document created by Sunderland health authority warning it's medical practitioners of a big increase in the cost of these tablets and recommending some alternatives to prescribe - so I don't think it is a con by the supermarkets. I can't find anything about WHY the costs have increased so much though - but in my job I do find that these things do happen now and again. Topical anaesthetic (the 'cream' put on before injections) suffered one a few years ago when a product was reformulated.

    You'll probably find that places where it's still cheap will also put their prices up once they have to re-order stock.
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 6th Jun 17, 6:10 PM
    • 507 Posts
    • 3,517 Thanks
    A lot of drug prices increase exponentially after the acquisition of the drug by vulture funds. Some like daraprim increased from 13.50 to 750 dollars a tablet overnight.

    However, ferrous sulphate has industrial applications that account for 80 percent of its use, namely water filtration, fertilizer, animal feed and as a catalyst. It is due to the increased demand in feedstuff and fertilizer.

    As alternative catalysts like hydrochloride have increased price, ferrous sulphate is taking over this function. The demand has risen for it in industries not linked to pharmaceuticals.

    It appears increased global demands for safe water and fertilizer has increased demand in line with increasing wealth has forcing pharmaceuticals to pay more for the raw material. It is not the fault of big pharma but a reflection of increasing standards of living globally.

    I do not think it will get cheaper any time soon
    • suejb2
    • By suejb2 8th Jun 17, 8:41 AM
    • 1,362 Posts
    • 2,093 Thanks
    I have Ferrous sulphate 200mg tabs prescribed but got them over the counter for £4.80 for 80 only last week.
    Life is like a bath, the longer you are in it the more wrinkly you become.
    • rustyhead
    • By rustyhead 9th Jan 18, 2:58 PM
    • 60 Posts
    • 67 Thanks
    Just bumping this anyone purchased ferrous sulfate recently just wondering what the price for it is now
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,709Posts Today

7,603Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • After the news I'm suing facebook over scam ads, people keep sending me ads with my pic in asking, ?is THIS ad with?

  • So Facebook just waxed lyrical about all the things they're doing to stop fake ads. Whoop de whoop. Yet THESE SCA?

  • Facebook giving evidence I believe just said "mr lewis said there are 50 ads, but we checked and found 1,000s".?

  • Follow Martin