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A 47-year-old female asked:

My body doesn't tolerate iron pills. do intravenous do the same things to my body as the pills do? i had gastric bypass surgery 3 yrs ago.

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not first choice: In iron absorption complex mechanism is involved, entire body has only 5 gm of iron, daily loss will be less than 2 mg, even if you take 10 gm of iron by mouth body is set to absorb less than 4 to 5 mg. Your first option should be liquid form, then may be im , IV is very rarely.Used for your condition.
Dr. Peter Denk
General Surgery 20 years experience
Iv iron is different: There are many different types of oral iron and possibly a different formulation would work for you. Iv infusion of iron provides your body with iron and most are able to tolerate it. It is however more expensive, time consuming, and invasive because you have to sit in the infusion center with an IV to get the iron.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Iv and oral iron OK: Oral iron causes some constipation. Some companies make a chewable chocolate version that is quite tolerable (bariatric advantage). When the iron is quite low, the intravenous route is the best way to recover. However, you should then start an oral regimen. In bypass patients, a low copper level could inhibit absorption of iron. You might take a copper supplement also.

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