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Are upset stomach and constipation normal after starting to use iron supplements?

Are upset stomach and constipation normal after starting to use iron supplements?

Yes: Constipation when using iron products is very common, but it also depends on diet, activity and fluid intake. All of these help to lessen symptoms of constipation overall. Having a high fiber diet also helps. If you have significant constipation when using iron- be sure to talk to your doctor to see if you have other options. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Sometimes: When a child's anemia reaches levels where therapeutic iron is needed, cramps & constipation are seen occasionally. Full srength juices will sometimes counter the effect. It is not seen from the iron content of regular formulas. ...Read more

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I have been using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress,not absorbing frm food?

I have been using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress,not absorbing frm food?

Why 4 years?: Iron deficiency from 3 causes: low intake, increased loss, e.g. menstrual loss, pregnancy ("lost" to fetus), urinary or gut bleeding, e.g. ulcers, polyps, tumors, poor absorption, e.g. stomach and/or bowel disease due to celiac sprue (gluten induced inflammation), inflammatory bowel disease. See MD ...Read more

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How long after taking iron supplements for 5 months then stopping will poo return to normal colour?

How long after taking iron supplements for 5 months then stopping will poo return to normal colour?

Soon after u stop: Your feces the next day after you stop your iron tablet the black tarry stool will start to fade away and back o normal color of feces. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements help stool return normal colour?

Can iron supplements help stool return normal colour?

DARK STOOLS: Ironsupplements cause change in color of the stools from dark to black in most . .Actually according to universaty of maryland it is a desirable side effect, as it means that the if stool does not turn black in color, that means the iron is not getting absorped.This often happens with coated tablets or supplement intended for long term use.If stool does not turn black ask doctor to change brand. ...Read more

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I started taking iron supplements and I have gotten my period a week early. Is this normal?

I started taking iron supplements and I have gotten my period a week early. Is this normal?

See below: You had an unusual menstrual cycle. However, unusual menstrual cycles don't necessarily mean that there's anything wrong physically. The menstrual cycle is under very delicate hormonal control, which can be influenced by things such as exercise, rapid weight change, emotional stress etc. . SEE: http://bit.ly/19cKee5 To be safe see your physician if you continue to have abnormal periods. ...Read more

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I have low blood count, & I've started taking iron supplements. However, I am getting irregular periods now (twice per month). Is this normal?

I have low blood count, & I've started taking iron supplements. However, I am getting irregular periods now (twice per month). Is this normal?

Anemia: It is more likely that your irregular or heavy bleeding would lead to your iron def anemia rather than other way around. Iron can cause constipation or some abdominal discomfort. You may need to talk to your doctor about birth control pills or other types of hormones to help control your cycle. ...Read more

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Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?

Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?

Partially treated: Ferritin reflects body storage iron, while serum iron and transferrin saturation reflect current iron circulating in plasma. When you take oral iron supplement, the amount of iron in circulation (absorbed from gut on its way to storage sites) is transiently high. Your data suggest you have iron deficiency, partially treated, with blood tests taken within a day or two of your most recent iron pill. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. William Harris
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Stomach Discomfort (Definition)

Stomach discomfort or pain can be due to problems in digestion or irritation to the stomach. Some people use the term to describe discomfort ...Read more