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i am on an iron suplement, will that cause severe constipation?

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Yes: Constipstipn is side effect of iron supplements.

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Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

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Dr. Shannon Cole
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: If your baby is breast fed i recommend starting polyvisol with iron, 1 dropper per day, for the entire first year of life starting at 1 week. This covers the needs of vitamin d and iron for the breast fed baby. If your baby is formula fed on a fully iron-supplemented formula, additional iron is usually not required.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I am taking menopausal hormone therapy (mht) how does that affect the amount of iron I should take?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Iron: Usually after menopause the persons need for iron drops drastically because the menstrual periods have stopped. Blood loss requires lots of iron to manufacture new red blood cells. After menopause it is advisable not to take iron as too much iron can cause illness in the body e.g. Iron buildup in the liver called hemochromatosis.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What is most likely to occur when a calcium supplement and an iron supplement are taken simultaneously?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Decrease absorption: In low dose, nothing probably will happen. Calcium and iron are taken together in a multivitamin all the time. At higher dose, you might get GI upset. Regarding efficacy, you get less iron absorption if taken with calcium. It is recommended to take iron 2 hr before or 4 hr after calcium supplementation.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Why do women suffer constipation more often than men?

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Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
Constipation: Women tend to have a wider pelvis and a shorter trunk than men. They also have a more complex hormonal cycle, and give birth. They also experience menopause, which drastically alters their hormone cycle. So their anatomy, physiology predisposes women to have more problems with a redundant, floppy colon, outlet obstruction, and pelvic floor disorders.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long does it take a fleet laxative enema to relieve constipation?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Quickly: Generally a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) will work within and hour.

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