Maltofer® is a new oral iron therapy for the treatment of dietary iron deficiency in adults and adolescents.3 Many people don’t get enough iron from their diet, which can lead to low iron levels.
Maltofer® is an oral iron therapy which is clinically proven to correct iron levels, with fewer and milder side effects compared to ferrous iron supplements.1,2 That means less constipation, less nausea and an effective dose of iron. It’s the kind of iron deficiency treatment many have been waiting for.
Smarter iron absorption
Maltofer® iron is absorbed by the body in an active and controlled manner.2,6 Maltofer‘s® active ingredient, iron polymaltose, ensures your body only absorbs the iron that it needs when it is needed.
The benefits of being different
Controlled iron absorption has some distinct and clinically proven benefits. Studies have shown that patients taking Maltofer® experience:
- Fewer and milder side effects, such as constipation and nausea1,2*
- Reliable correction of iron levels3
- The convenience of taking iron with food4,5
- No interactions with most standard medications.3 (Although Maltofer® is clinically proven to have few interactions with other drugs, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking Maltofer® with other other medications)
Fewer and milder side effects
Most commonly used iron supplements contain ferrous salts (such as ferrous sulfate or ferrous fumerate). Ferrous salts are absorbed by the body in an uncontrolled manner which can lead to unwanted side effects such as constipation, bloating and nausea.2,8
In fact, these side effects from ferrous salts can be so frequent, that some people may avoid iron supplements for this reason.
Maltofer® is absorbed by the body differently, ensuring iron is delivered in a more controlled manner. Clinical trials with Maltofer® have consistently shown significantly less side effects, such as nausea, constipation and diarrhoea, than in patients taking ferrous supplements.2,3
Taking Maltofer® with food
Even simple foods like, tea, coffee, chocolate and milk can interfere with the iron absorption of ferrous salts and as such, are generally recommended to be taken on an empty stomach.4
Maltofer® on the other hand can be taken anytime with food and absorption of the iron will not be affected. In fact, studies have even demonstrated that iron absorption with Maltofer® significantly increases when taken with food.4,5
High dose iron
When taking an iron supplement, it is important to check the amount of elemental iron per dose.
Many supplements containing iron have only small amounts of elemental iron per dose. Hence, your current iron supplement may not be delivering enough iron for your needs.
Maltofer® contains 100mg of elemental iron per dose, which provides an adequate amount of iron to correct iron levels when taken as directed.3
Suitable for use in pregnancy3
During pregnancy, the body’s need for iron increases by as much as 10 fold.7,9 This kind of increase in iron cannot always be met by diet alone, necessitating the need for iron supplements.
Globally, Maltofer® has been recommended to correct iron levels in pregnant women for over 50 years. Clinical studies have shown Maltofer® corrects iron deficiency in pregnant women with significantly less side effects, making it easier to restore iron levels.1,2
Iron and iron deficiency
Iron is one of the body’s essential nutrients, which are absorbed from the foods we eat. Iron is required for normal cell and organ function, as it carries oxygen around the body via haemoglobin found in red blood cells. Iron deficiency occurs when the amount of iron absorbed by the body is insufficient. This can be caused by not enough iron being absorbed from food.
Iron deficiency can also be caused by a number of different disease conditions - these can lead to increased iron loss or inadequate use of iron. Too little iron in the body can have serious consequences ranging from physical and mental fatigue to impaired quality of life.
The more serious form of iron deficiency is iron deficiency anaemia. This occurs when there are fewer healthy red blood cells in your blood or you have haemoglobin well below normal levels. Across the globe, iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world today, affecting over a half a billion people, with an estimated 30 - 40% of pregnant women in industrialised countries affected.10
If you are considering taking Maltofer® or if you think you may be iron deficient, visit your doctor for a blood test to check your iron levels and to discuss iron deficiency.
Maltofer is for the treatment of iron deficiency in adults and adolescents where dietary intake of iron is inadequate and where the use of ferrous iron supplements is not tolerated, or otherwise inappropriate. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, see your doctor or healthcare professional.
* Versus ferrous sulphate.
References: 1. Ortiz R, Toblli JE, Romero JD et al. Efficacy and safety of oral iron(III) polymaltose complex versus ferrous sulfate in pregnant women with iron-deficiency anemia: a multicenter, randomized, controlled study. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2011;24:1-6. 2. Toblli JE & Brignoli R. Iron(III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex in iron deficiency anemia / review and meta-analysis. Arzneimittelforschung 2007;57:431‒8. 3. Maltofer Product Information. 4. Geisser P. In vitro studies on interactions of iron salts and complexes with food-stuffs and medicaments. Arzneimittelforschung 1990;40:754-760. 5. Lundqvist H, Sjoberg F. Food interaction of oral uptake of iron / a clinical trial using 59Fe. Arzneimittelforschung 2007;57:401-416. 6. Geisser P. Safety and efficacy of iron(III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex / a review of over 25 years experience. Arzneimittelforschung 2007;57:439-452. 7. Milman N. Prepartum anaemia: prevention and treatment. Ann Hematol 2008; 87: 949-959. 8. Dresow et al. Non-transferrin-bound iron in plasma following administration of oral iron drugs. Biometals 2008;21:273–276. 9. Bothwell TH. Iron requirements in pregnancy and strategies to meet them. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72:257S–264S. 10. Worldwide prevalence of anaemia 1993–2005 : WHO global database on anaemia.
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