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A 38-year-old female asked:

Can you overdose on iron supplements when you have low ferritin? what is the optimal dose of iron to take to raise ferritin significantly?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No: The gut is very inefficient at absorbing iron. So you really cannot take too much. Oral replacement takes several weeks. In a more pressing circumstance your doc could offer IV iron.

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Last updated Feb 3, 2015

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