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n. a drug that increases the amount of haemoglobin in the blood, e.g. ferrous sulphate and other iron-containing compounds. Haematinics are used, often in combination with vitamins and folic acid, to prevent and treat anaemia due to iron deficiency. They are used particularly to prevent anaemia during pregnancy. Digestive disturbances sometimes occur with haematinics.

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