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37 yr old female very low iron in recent blood test.gp prescribed ferrous fumarate once a day.after 30 days she needs a ferritin test to check iron levels should she stop taking the tablets before blood test or carry on taking them want accurate test?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
I would continue to take the med until you are told to stop it. It often takes up to 3 months or more to restore the normal iron reserves to someone who is anemic. The med itself will not alter the test while you take it.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Continue taking iron. You do not need to fast for blood iron level test either. For healthy diet: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/., exercise 30 minutes/day, drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. Get HPV and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health!
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Last updated May 21, 2021

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