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Can an iron supplement in the elderly turn teeth black?

Can an iron supplement in the elderly turn teeth black?

Root dying or dead: In the elderly the most common cause of a tooth turning black is that the root has died. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I have been taking iron supplement for 5 months and my stools are no longer black, is this a problem?

I have been taking iron supplement for 5 months and my stools are no longer black, is this a problem?

No: Do not take iron indefinitely. Check your ferritin again. Iron can accumulate in body and foundational causes damage. You have taken long enough that you need reevaluation ...Read more

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I started taking iron supplement my stool turned black. Now after 5 months it is not black. Does that mean I am not absorbing iron anymore?

I started taking iron supplement my stool turned black. Now after 5 months it is not black. Does that mean I am not absorbing iron anymore?

No: Iron supplements turn the stool black. This is more common with coated or long-acting iron supplements because more of the iron gets to the large intestine. To confirm that you are not iron deficient have your doctor check your blood count or measure the iron and ferritin level in your blood ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between black stool from iron supplement or bleeding? Normal brown stool before iron pills were started. Should I worry

How do you know the difference between black stool from iron supplement or bleeding? Normal brown stool before iron pills were started. Should I worry

Black stool causes: It is likely that your black stools are from Iron supplement because you had Normal brown stools before iron pills were started.

Upper GI bleeding can have dark blood in stools.

If you have history of Ulcer, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, please see Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis and Treatment. Discuss need for iron supplement. ...Read more

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Do men over 50 need an iron supplement?

Do men over 50 need an iron supplement?

General: Heart diseases fall into categories of electrical failures or mechanical failures but either is too broad to answer in our tiny allotment here. ...Read more

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Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

Only Breast Feeding?: If your baby is not eating solid food at 4 months of age and is breast feeding. American Academy Of Pediatrics recommend giving Iron Supplement of 11 mgm per day.
Because breast milk contains little iron and your babies own iron reserves won't be sufficient to make the difference.Once the baby start eating iron rich foods then probably will not need the supplement. ...Read more

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Does spinach have any disadvantage as an iron supplement?

Does spinach have any disadvantage as an iron supplement?

No: Whole foods especially in the raw state is the best way to get your vitamins and minerals such as iron. An apple for example has over 12, 000 phytonutrients. I feel this is much better than taking man made synthetic pills. ...Read more

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Does iron supplement irritate liver?

Does iron supplement irritate liver?

If you take too much: If you take more iron than you actually need to this can cause an overload of iron in your liver and as a consequence unwanted inflammation of it. In order to know if you are actually in need of iron supplement you need to have blood work done. Regular multivitamins contain a balanced iron supplement if you take them as prescribed. Follow up with your doctor on this. ...Read more

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Is there a dose of iron supplement that won't cause constipation?

Is there a dose of iron supplement that won't cause constipation?

Not really: Pretty much all doses are going to cause some constipation but this symptom can be mitigated with plenty of hydration, high fiber diet, and colace, (docusate sodium) a stool softener. ...Read more

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What to do if I have iron supplement for thyroid protection?

What to do if I have iron supplement for thyroid protection?

See below: The thyroid and iron have no relation with each other. Taking iron will not prevent the onset of thyroid disorders. ...Read more

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Should vitamin C be taken with an iron supplement?

Should vitamin C be taken with an iron supplement?

Yes: The iron will be better absorbed if you take it with vitamin c. ...Read more

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Is it okay if I take an iron supplement while I'm on homeopathic medication for acne?

Is it okay if I take an iron supplement while I'm on homeopathic medication for acne?

Yes: Iron supplementation is very important if you're deficient because of your monthly loss. You can also combine homeopathic and allopathic treatment for your acne if you need it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My ferritin level is 3.7 and my BUN is 2, should I be concerned? All I got was a letter from my doctor to start an iron supplement.

My ferritin level is 3.7 and my BUN is 2, should I be concerned? All I got was a letter from my doctor to start an iron supplement.

Do need iron: BUN of 2 does not seem to be a correct result. However, your ferritin is low indicating iron deficiency and you should follow your doctor's advice and take iron supplement. You may wish to add a multivitamin to that. ...Read more

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Can I give probiotic to my 7yr old son along with iron supplement?does its affect iron absorption?for how long can I give him probiotic?

Can I give probiotic to my 7yr old son along with iron supplement?does its affect iron absorption?for how long can I give him probiotic?

Iron absorption: I have not heard of probiotics interfering with iron absorption. Calcium will bind to iron and interfere with iron absorption, vitamin C will help iron absorption. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My blood tests show ferritin 9.2, haemoglobin 11.6 and hct 35.4.... Should i just take an iron supplement or do I need to investigate this further?

My blood tests show ferritin 9.2, haemoglobin 11.6 and hct 35.4.... Should i just take an iron supplement or do I need to investigate this further?

Find the Cause: Since you are anemic, there has to be a cause, like excessive blood loss. Your doctor can help you find the cause which will require some further testing. Let the doctor prescribe supplements once he/she has found the cause of your anemia. ...Read more

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If you have low iron stores following a blood test, can that lead to anemia? Is there a recommended dosage of iron supplement to help restore levels.

Yes and yes: The first thing to go down low is the iron storage. If you don't fix it- eventually you are going to become anemic. Yes, you can take iron supplement by mouth 3x/day. But most importantly is to find why your iron is low. You should have a GI work-up- egd and colonosocpy and check your urine- to check blood in urine. If + blood in urine- you need imaging study, perhaps urologist etc. Go to see gp. ...Read more

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Serum iron a bit low not anaemic or anything. Can I fix this with diet instead of supplements from doctor? I also started 17mg iron supplement a day.

Yes: You are doing it right. Not all people can tolerate the iron pills. Green leafy vegetables are healthy in many ways and are good sources of iron. ...Read more

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My iron hemoglobin is 9.2 my school nurse told me take iron supplement TID but my doctor told me I should take 2x a day due to S/E. Which should I do?

My iron hemoglobin is 9.2 my school nurse told me take iron supplement TID but my doctor told me I should take 2x a day due to S/E. Which should I do?

Either: There are MANY causes of anemia. Iron deficiency is only one of them. ASSUMING that your anemia is due to iron deficiency, either schedule of iron supplement would be helpful. Taking the iron supplement with food reduces the stomach upset from it, but also (somewhat) reduces the iron absorption. If anemia hasn't improved after a month, consider other possible causes. ...Read more

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I have had low ferritin levels for 2 years now and I've been taking an iron supplement regularly for a year alongside high iron diet and still anemic?

I have had low ferritin levels for 2 years now and I've been taking an iron supplement regularly for a year alongside high iron diet and still anemic?

Iron deficient: Sometimes, even though eating a high iron diet, the absorption is decreased. Diet= rich in iron- red meat, beans, milk and green leafy veg.
You can try taking ferrous fumarate (Ferrette's on amazon) 325 mg po q day to help with the iron absorption. Retake the serum iron/ferritin in 3-4 months of trial. ...Read more

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The haemogoblin result for my 9,5months old baby is 11. Is this number satisfying or is he anemic? Should I give him additional iron drops? His pediatric advice 0,5ml of iron drops per day but somehow I am not really sure of this iron supplement. Help.

The haemogoblin result for my 9,5months old baby is 11. Is this number satisfying or is he anemic? Should I give him additional iron drops? His pediatric advice 0,5ml of iron drops per day but somehow I am not really sure of this iron supplement. Help.

Maybe: A hemoglobin of 11 is lower than average but still within the range of normal for a baby of 9.5 months. Your pediatrician may have additional results (low ferritin, microcytic red blood cells, etc.) suggesting a heightened risk for anemia. Babies age 9-24 months are at increased risk for anemia due to rapid growth and changes in diet. In addition to iron drops high-iron foods will help too. ...Read more

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Can I take an iron supplement & b-12 at the same time?

Can I take an iron supplement & b-12 at the same time?

Yes: You should be able to take B12 and iron at the same time. Iron does however interfere with other vitamins and minerals being absorbed such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin c. ...Read more

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Why should you need iron supplement if your body can recycle iron?

Why should you need iron supplement if your body can recycle iron?

Only if iron is low: Iron supplementation is not needed unless there is iron loss through bleeding or inability to absorb iron from food or water. The only way one can lose iron is through bleeding, either from excessive menses, or bleeding from the bowel. Bleeding from other areas is usually very noticeable. ...Read more

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How do you take iron supplement drops?

How do you take iron supplement drops?

Not Necessary: Iron supplementation is not necessary in healthy children, toddlers or infants. There is an ample amount in formula and breast milk and in children in their normal diets. If the child has iron anemia you can treat with iron drops to replenish the iron stores needed to maintain a normal red blood cell count. Ask your doctor whether your child needs iron. ...Read more

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