Introduction and Objectives: This study was done to compare the effects of daily vs. weekly iron supplementation on hemoglobin and hematocrit levels of pregnant women.
Materials and Methods: 80-90 patients were selected from each of the 3 clinics. Patients were given ferrous sulfate either 60 mg daily or 120 mg weekly. Hemoglobin, hematocrit, and ferritin levels were determined before treatment, during 28-32 weeks of gestation, and during the 3rd trimester.
Results: Hemoglobin, hematocrit, and ferritin levels with weekly and daily regimens were 12.1±1.1vs.12.2±0.909, 37.8±3.096vs. 37.3±2.16, and 24.3±24.3 vs. 25.9±23.211, respectively.
Discussion and Conclusions: There was no difference in hemoglobin, hematocrit and ferritin levels with daily vs. weekly iron supplementation of pregnant women.
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