A 55-year-old male asked:
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?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
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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Reviewed May 12, 2021
Pathology 50 years experience
Answered May 20, 2021
Last updated May 21, 2021
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