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A 49-year-old member asked:

could you tell me why my iron pills aren't working and what can i do?

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Dr. Aharon Wolf
Preventive Medicine 15 years experience
Other causes anemia: Could be bleeding such as colorectal bleeding. If you have anemia not responding to iron supplements make sure you get a colonoscopy or further testing as suggested by your PCP

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What side effects are common for iron pills?

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Dr. Charles Greenberg
General Practice 45 years experience
Gi: Causes stomach ache and costipation.
Calhoun, GA
A 34-year-old female asked:

Told my iron is 10.3. How serious is this as far as my longtermhealth? Iron pills make me very sick. I'm not sure what I should . Chronic prob4me

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Are you: Anemic? That is the usual result of iron deficiency.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of iron pills? Will they help make you loseweight?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
GI issues and no: The side effects are GI issues (nausea, constipation). They will not help one lose weight.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How long would it take before iron pills start to work?

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Dr. Ruben Mesa
Hematology 30 years experience
Usually a few weeks: Iron deficiency can improve after a few weeks of sufficient iron pills, assuming there is no additional ongoing blood loss (and taking enough iron).
A 48-year-old member asked:

Do the iron pills taste bad?

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Dr. Sylvie Stacy
Preventive Medicine 10 years experience
Some do: Some iron pills have a bitter taste. Others have a coating that acts as a barrier between the bad-tasting part of the pill and your taste buds. These are typically labelled as "enteric coated" or "delayed release". Iron in the form of a gel capsule also doesn't have a bad taste.

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