Iron absorption from chewable vitamins with iron versus iron tablets: Implications for toxicity

  title={Iron absorption from chewable vitamins with iron versus iron tablets: Implications for toxicity},
  author={Peter G. Lacouture and Alan David Woolf},
  journal={Pediatric Emergency Care},
The medical literature contains few, if any, reports of severe iron (Fe) poisonings from ingestion of chewable multivitamins with iron. One possible explanation for this observation is that iron from multivitamins is more poorly absorbed than iron from iron tablets. To compare iron absorption from multivations with iron absorption from ferrous fumarate tablets, male adult volunteers were given 6 mg of elemental Fe/kg body weight as chewable multivitamins with iron or as crushed ferrous fumarate… 

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