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Can Low Iron Cause Constipation
4 year old has had persistant diarrhoea but now constipated for past week. Cough, sore thigh, blood test shows low iron and mild eosinophilia. Causes?
Multiple: Frequently kids with constipation have diarrhea as loose stool works around the area of hard stool. However eosinophilia is connected with parasite infections which can also cause diarrhea. Low iron levels could mean she is loosing blood in her stool a sign of inflammatory bowel disease. It sounds like your provider is doing the work-up. Be sure to continue to follow-up. ...Read more
Yes: Iron is a binding substances for infants. Try reducing the amount and speaking to your pediatrician. ...Read more
Blood test showed I have low iron so I take iron tablets 3 a day but I get constipation dark green poo and now for the past days feel very sick…?
Not unusual.: It's not unusual to notice changes of the color or consistency of your stool after starting an iron supplement. There are multiple types of iron supplements, some of what you may tolerate better than others. If you would continue to have issues with this, contact the doctor that prescribed this for you and see if he/she would prefer to switch it to another formulation. ...Read more
I've got very low iron levels and recently being treated for ulcers. I've been constipated for 2 mnths now. Do u think its related to any of the two?
Constipation: Although iron deficiency does not cause constipation per se, iron supplements can cause constipation at times. If you are having this side effect, try increasing the fiber in your diet and maybe even taking a fiber supplement, such as Metamucil, with extra water. If this does not help, then switching to a different fiber supplement may be useful. Good luck. ...Read more
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
My 6 mo is low on hemoglobin, so the ped prescribed iron supplement (III).Week later she was extremely constipated most probably bc of it. What to do?
Could be: Constipation can be a side effect of taking iron supplements. To combat this, drink plenty of fluids during the day and increase your fresh fruit and vegetable intake. Staying hydrated and increasing the fiber in your diet usually helps. Daily exercise can help too. If you are still having trouble with constipation, see your doctor for other treatments that may be needed. ...Read more
Anemic and taking OTC 325mg Iron. Is there any way to tell if my iron level is up before next exam? Does constipation mean it is working? Yes or no???
How do you FEEL?: If your anemia is caused by iron deficiency, this WILL help. If not, it will not help. Iron turns everybody's stool black and upsets the gut some; constipation is common. If you are iron deficient, you need to find out why -- heavy monthly loss, ill-advised vegetarianism, bleeding stomach ulcer, hookworm, tumor. Glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health. ...Read more
Mam's iron levels could be higher. However, she has a sore back, just off morphine patches. Iron tablets have previously results in constipation.
Things that help:: Several things may help: a slow release iron or divided the dose to twice a day. Increase your daily fiber intake (shoot for 30 g or more per day). You may also add a mild stool softener (like colace) daily. Some people need to do all of the above. Also, go see the doctor who asked you to take the extra iron and see if he/she can help too. ...Read more
Ferrous Gluconate: The most commonly prescribed iron supplement is iron (ferrous) sulfate; though maybe more expensive, ferrous gluconate may be less harsh on the GI system and cause less constipation. Constipation nevertheless is something that can be treated in other ways, like changing diet, drinking more water, and exercising regularly. ...Read more
I'm taking 2 tsp of feros sulfate iron in lq form. I'm not getting constipated. Is that a good sign. I'm post to be on 4 tsp a day.
Serious: A true overdose on iron can be very serious and can lead to death. If you think you took too much iron, please call the national poison control center (1-800-222-1222). This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions. ...Read more
How long does it take for effervescent iron tablets to leave your system and make you stop being constipated?
Yes it can: Yes flintstone vitamin with iron can make you constipated. ...Read more
Bisglysinate iron, is it as good as Ferrous Sulphate for Anaemia. Does it make less constipated? Thanks
Define "anemia": There are many types of anemias. Iron deficiency is but one kind. Only iron deficiency responds to treatment with iron supplements. The other anemias do not. If there is iron deficiency in a 73 year old male alcoholic there is blood loss, probably from GI tract. There may be prolonged prothrombin time, low platelets, nutritional deficiencies, etc. Iron deficiency is not a diagnosis per se. ...Read more
How long after stopping iron pills will your stools not be black anymore? I get too constipated with them
It can vary: But there are different forms of iron, many which do not constipate. Ask your doctor about switching to a different form of iron. Also, you might want to investigate why you are anemic and need iron. There can be many reasons for the anemia but just taking iron without determining the cause can pose a problem for you. Get it properly evaluated. ...Read more
Is 325mg of iron pills alot for once a day? Its all 325 in 1 red pill, will I get constipated or sick? Super nervous/paranoid
Only take if anemic: The RDA for women 11-50 yrs old is 15mg. The 325 mg pills are intended for anemic women especially during pregnancy. Unless your doctor prescribed it - this is too great an amount for you to decide to take on your own. And yes, the chance of constipation and other gastrointestinal distress is a dose related concern. Take care - see a doctor first. ...Read more
I've been taking iron tablets for the past three days. I was a little constipated for two days, and today my stool was black- is this normal?
Unfortunately one of the side effects of iron supplementation is black stools. This will go away when you stop taking iron.
Hope this helps. ...Read more
Not specifically: This is an old myth that is perpetuated year to year. Iron given at therapeutic levels can cause constipation, but studies find no correlation with the level in formula. Infants may process one brand of formula slower or faster than another and any delay in emptying will lead to constipation. ...Read more
Constipation (Child) (Definition)
The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more
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