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Need gelatin-free ferrous sulphate tablets or advice on prescribed ones?

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i have been advised by my doctor to take ferrous sulphate tablets because i have dangerously low iron levels. she has also put me on a very high dosage of iron tablets known as ferrous sulphate tablets. these tablets are to be taken twice or thrice a day. unfortunately the brand of tablets that she has prescribed contain a sugar coating which has gelatin in it. i have been advised by a mufti that if i do not find a suitable alternative i will be allowed to take these tablets. i have researched alot regarding these tablets and my pharmacist has even informed me that you don’t get them gelatin free. i have also checked on the internet to no avail. regular iron tablets will not do because of the fact that they have low iron content compared to ferrous sulphate tablets. i was hoping that you could help me find gelatin free tablets of this type, also if i do not find these tablets will it be ok for me to take these tablets. i need an answer as soon as possible because my health is slowly getting worse day by day.

In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.
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From your research it is apparent that you cannot get them gelatine free, hence it is permissible to take them.

It might be prudent to ask your GP to book you for endoscopies: both an OGD and a colonoscopy. This may be fruitful for your condition. Liaise with your GP to discuss this.


And Allah knows Best
Wa Alaykumussalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh


(Mufti) Abdullah Patel
Halal Food Guide

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