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What do iron tablets contain? 

What do iron tablets contain chemistry? 

Iron tablets are also known as Ferrous Sulphate tablets. The tablets contain iron, a mineral essential in red blood cell production. These tablets are generally used to treat anaemia caused due to the deficiency of iron in the diet or body. Ferrous sulfate is an iron salt of iron tablets with the chemical formula FeSO4 and is popularly known as green vitriol.  

FeSo4 is formed when iron filings are mixed in copper sulfate solution; iron pushes the copper as it is more reactive and takes its place resulting in iron sulfate formation. It is by far the cheapest and best iron supplement.  


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Physical Properties of Ferrous Sulphate! 

  • It is odourless.
  • Its appearance is blue-green powder or crystals.
  • Its Covalently bonded unit is 2.
  • The Complexity of FeSO4 is 62.2.
  • FeSO4 is soluble in water. 


Chemical Properties of Ferrous Sulphate! 

  • Ferrous Sulphate reacts with an aluminium under displacement reaction forming metallic iron and aluminium sulfate. The chemical reaction is as follows:

2Al + 3FeSO4 —> Al2(SO4)3 + 3Fe 

  • Ferrous Sulfate reacts with potassium permanganate in sulphuric acid’s presence, forming ferric sulfate, potassium sulfate, manganese sulfate, and water. 

          10FeSO4 + 2KMnO4 + 8H2SO4 ——> 5Fe2(SO4)3 + 2MnSO4 + 8H2O + K2SO4 


Uses of Ferrous Sulfate 

  • It is used as an iron supplement for patients diagnosed with iron deficiency. 
  • It is used in iron-deficiency anaemia treatment, prophylaxis for iron deficiency in pregnancy. 
  • It is used in precaution if general anaesthesia or sedation is required.  
  • It can also be used with chlorine for chlorinated copperas treatment.

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