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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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I was taking iron supplements and my stools were black. They are suddenly back to normal. Does this mean i'm no longer absorbing all of the iron?

I was taking iron supplements and my stools were black. They are suddenly back to normal. Does this mean i'm no longer absorbing all of the iron?

No...: Intestinal iron absorption is poor to start with and oral iron supplements commonly discolor the stool black. The color changes of your stool while on oral iron supplements does not correlate with the efficiency of absorption. Your serum iron levels and hemogloblin are the most accurate markers of absorption. ...Read more

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I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?

I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?

Several months: Iron replacements for anemia may take several months to get your iron level back to normal. Too rapid a replacement may give you GI side effects like constipation or liver irritation. Take oral iron with vitamin c to help with absorption without a heavy meal. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to take 1, 170 mg of slow release iron supplements at once?

Sort of but...: That dose is not toxic, so in that sense it's safe, but iron supps are known to cause stomach upset and constipation & such a high dose may well cause those side effects, so i advise against taking so much at once! ...Read more

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Can you tell me any good quality efficient iron supplements available in the uk?

See below: Iron (and other trace metals needed for our body) is iron, no matter what kind of fancy wrapping it comes in. Get the cheapest brand (iron fumerate is preferred over iron sulfate). ...Read more

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Is it safe to take iron supplements bought over the counter?

Yes: My worries are: 1) why do you need extra iron at all? What's the reason? 2) over the counter iron tablets contain very little absorbable iron. More effective are prescription iron pills which often contain 10x the amount of iron per pill. Sometimes even the prescription pills are not adequate and iron needs to be given intravenously. ...Read more

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Does taking iron supplements or eating foods rich in iron promote rise in hgb level best?

Does taking iron supplements or eating foods rich in iron promote rise in hgb level best?

Iron deficiency: One can increase the iron level in your body much more quickly with iron supplements than with any type of food. ...Read more

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