COMPARISON OF EFFICACY OF FERROUS CALCIUM CITRATE vs FERROUS ASCORBATE ON Hb STATUS IN ANAEMIC PREGNANT WOMENAbstract
Objectives: To compare the efficacy of ferrous calcium citrate with ferrous ascorbate on Hb levels in anaemic pregnant women. Method: In this observational study, patients receiving ferrous ascorbate with elemental iron 100 mg were allocated to group A and those receiving ferrous calcium citrate with elemental iron 50 mg allocated to group B. After recording the baseline data, their Hb levels, side effects at the end of each month were recorded. Results and discussion: Change in mean Hb levels from baseline to three months is 1.59 ± 0.74, 1.94 ±0.52 in group A and group B respectively with the p value ≤0.05. Group B did show statistically significant difference in terms of change in Hb among primi and multiparous women, contrast to group A. Conclusion: Study reveals that ferrous calcium citrate results in better increase in Hb levels and lesser proportion of side effects in contrast to ferrous ascorbate.