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Can taking iron pills make you gain weight?

Can taking iron pills make you gain weight?

Iron: No, this is not the case.Weight gain usually occurs with excessive carbohydrate intake, very little exercise and any hormonal imbalance. The solution? Focus on low glycemic index foods, regular exercise and correction of any hormonal imbalance. ...Read more

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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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I've been extremly cold for the past year or so I am taking iron pills but I am also 4foot 11 and weigh 105lbs how can I gain weight?

I've been extremly cold for the past year or so I am taking iron pills but I am also 4foot 11 and weigh 105lbs how can I gain weight?

Eat healthy: Gain weight only if it's healthy weight. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, work on being happy. Put on a coat if your cold. Have your thyroid checked as it could contribute to you feeling cold. ...Read more

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I read somewhere that iron tablets should be taken along with some other med or multivitamin etc and that iron pills make u gain weight. Is this true?

I read somewhere that iron tablets should be taken along with some other med or multivitamin etc and that iron pills make u gain weight. Is this true?

Vit C: Some recommend that taking iron tablet or capsule with vit c will increase the absorption of iron but it is not necessary. Iron pills can be taken on empty stomach or with a light meal and water
no iron pills by themselves do not make you gain weight. But some people who are iron deficient, when that is corrected may start eating more and as a result gain weight. ...Read more

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Why when I take my Synthroid (thyroxine) thyroid medicine it makes me gain weight, I still be tired, cold I take iron pills, vitamin, do that surpose to happen, my medicine not working, doctor says I am find?

Why when I take my Synthroid (thyroxine) thyroid medicine it makes me gain weight, I still be tired, cold I take iron pills, vitamin, do that surpose to happen, my medicine not working, doctor says I am find?

Try another med: Some patients just don't respond well to basic thyroid replacement (like levothyroxine). Consider using an alternative like Armour Thyroid or tirosint. If your physician is uncomfortable with this, consider seeing an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Will I gain weight if I take iron supplements?

Will I gain weight if I take iron supplements?

No: No taking iron supplement will not make you gain weight. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia a little over a year ago. I take B12 thru nose & iron pills. I have gained 10lbs. Is this normal?

I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia a little over a year ago. I take B12 thru nose & iron pills. I have gained 10lbs. Is this normal?

No: I would advise you see an integrative doctor.
Iron is an oxidant. Taking too much of it is not advisable.
I would look into the reasons for your anemia and correct those.
Best, Siranush Cholakian MD ...Read more

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My sides are gruggling for s few says. I haven't really eating much, as I have this problem I am on iron pills 3x daily. What can cause this problem?

My sides are gruggling for s few says. I haven't really eating much, as I have this problem I am on iron pills 3x daily. What can cause this problem?

Iron pills side fx: G I upset is a frequent side effect of oral iron. U might try and reduce the dose or hold the pills altogether for a few days and see if these symptoms resolve. If so, then resume at a lower daily dose. Always inform your perscribing doctor of any side effects or medicine changes. ...Read more

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Do the iron pills taste bad?

Do the iron pills taste bad?

Some do: Some iron pills have a bitter taste. Others have a coating that acts as a barrier between the bad-tasting part of the pill and your taste buds. These are typically labelled as "enteric coated" or "delayed release". Iron in the form of a gel capsule also doesn't have a bad taste. ...Read more

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Is 3 65 mg iron pills overdose?

No: You may get sick to your stomach or have some discomfort in your lower intestines. ...Read more

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Does taking iron pills make u fat?

Does taking iron pills make u fat?

Use of iron: Supplements will not cause increase in body fat. However, it can lead to constipation which may lead to bloating and temporary weight gain. ...Read more

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My iron pills make me feel really sick. What can I do?

Why are you taking them?: If you are taking them for iron deficiency anemia, that may be a necessary process and you should see your physician. If you are taking them just for health, stop taking them. Iron pills are notorious for causing nausea ...Read more

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How long would it take before iron pills start to work?

Usually a few weeks: Iron deficiency can improve after a few weeks of sufficient iron pills, assuming there is no additional ongoing blood loss (and taking enough iron). ...Read more

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I want to know if I will die if I don't take my iron pills?

I want to know if I will die if I don't take my iron pills?

Unlikely: However, severe iron deficiency can cause fatigue, hair loss, brittle/elevated nails, weakness, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, infections, problems with bone healing, dental issues, sore/inflammed tongue, cold extremities and potentially heart enlargement/failure if the deficiency/anemia is longstanding and untreated. Your body needs iron to get oxygen to your organs. ...Read more

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How many times can I take iron pills if my hb is very low?

Once daily: You need to address the cause of your anemia. Taking iron will not help immediately and is unlikely to help if you continue to have blood loss. Taking more is not better; simple side effects include severe constipation. In excess, iron can be very poisonous. Be careful and ask your ob/gyn if you are a candidate for a myomectomy (fibroid surgery). ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my iron pills make me feel really sick?

Stomach irritation: Iron pills are a known irritant to the stomach. If you need iron supplementation and cannot tolerate oral iron, talk to your doctor about getting intravenous iron infusion. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my iron pills aren't working and what can I do?

Other causes anemia: Could be bleeding such as colorectal bleeding. If you have anemia not responding to iron supplements make sure you get a colonoscopy or further testing as suggested by your PCP ...Read more

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Told my iron is 10.3. How serious is this as far as my longtermhealth? Iron pills make me very sick. I'm not sure what I should. Chronic prob4me

Told my iron is 10.3. How serious is this as far as my longtermhealth? Iron pills make me very sick. I'm not sure what I should. Chronic prob4me

Why?: Why is your iron so low is the first question. If you have a reason to have low iron, then you need to take supplementation. There are several types, and one may agree with you. However, if you do not yet know why you have such low iron, I would get worked up by your physician and get to the root of the problem. ...Read more

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Can iron pills affect taste?

Iron pills: Metallic taste has been reported. Remedy can be sweet fruit juice or brushing teeth. ...Read more

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Could you take iron pills with water?

Yes: It is usually a good idea to take iron pills with meals to diminish stomach irritation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can you take B12 and iron pills together?

Can you take B12 and iron pills together?

Yes: No problem taking B12 and iron together, in fact many supplements for anemia combine these. Adding vitamin c (500-1000 mg) will significantly increase iron aborption. ...Read more

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Can you take. B12 and iron pills together?

Anemia: Yes you can take B12 and iron pills together. ...Read more

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Can you take B12 pills and iron pills together?

Can you take B12 pills and iron pills together?

Yes: But the question is why would a young healthy person need to. First identify if there is a deficiency, rather than supplements for supplements sake. ...Read more

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I am still on iron pills because my blood was so low?

I am still on iron pills because my blood was so low?

Read below: Iron deficiency anemia (low blood count) is most commonly due to bleeding. The cause of the bleeding must be determined and stopped and the list iron must be replaced so you can make red blood cells. Iron is replaced with pills or injections, but some patients do not absorb the pills well. Ask your doctor what your iron levels are and why your blood remains low while taking iron. ...Read more

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I'm severly iron deficient, but iron pills make me sick... What do I do?

Change of pills/inje: Discuss with your doctor as he/she can either change your iron pills to a different brand or depending on how low your hemoglobin and ironlevel is, you may be a candidate for iron injections or in severe cases IV iron
discuss what you can take to correct your iron deficiency. ...Read more

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