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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
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Stopping iron pills cause diarrhea?

Dr. Martin Rubenstein
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Stopping iron pills cause diarrhea?

No.: Some people may get diarrhea or other GI side effects from taking iron orally, but there should be no side effects from stopping iron. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I'm on iron tablets and have diarrhea? Could the tablets be causing this?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Yes: Diarrhea is a potential side effect from iron supplementation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if on iron tablets and have diarrhea?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can you tell me if on iron tablets and have diarrhea?

Loose stools may be: due to iron supplementation.

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Is dark brown diarrhea normal since i'm on iron supplements?

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Is dark brown diarrhea normal since i'm on iron supplements?

Can be: Can depend on the type of iron supplement; can cause diarrhea or constipation, can cause dark or black stools. Symptoms can be helped by taking with food. Any question, call your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Is dark brown/black diarrhea normal when taking iron supplements?

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Is dark brown/black diarrhea normal when taking iron supplements?

Can be: Iron supplements can cause dark or black stool, can cause constipation or diarrhea. Call md to discuss and make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Ernest Fischer
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I have celiac & low iron. I've been gluten free for a year, I don't eat out and VERY careful in what I eat. I still have diarrhea and constipation ?

Dr. Ernest Fischer
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I have celiac & low iron. I've been gluten free for a year, I don't eat out and VERY careful in what I eat. I still have diarrhea and constipation ?

Talk to your Dr: 1) Your doctor can check antibody levels as a surrogate to celiac disease activity. If they are up you may be eating gluten in hidden items (for example if something is fried in oil that also fired wheat containing food). 2) Another consideration is small bacterial overgrowth. Talk to your doctor to see if this fits. 3) Alternatively you may be in the rare group who are refractory to the diet. ...Read more

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Dr. David Masiello
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I have an RBC count of 5 million but i have iron deficiency cz the cells are small, absorb v.little iron.But i get diarrhea if i take any iron supplem?

Dr. David Masiello
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I have an RBC count of 5 million but i have iron deficiency cz the cells are small, absorb v.little iron.But i get diarrhea if i take any iron supplem?

No: You have thalasemia. A high RBC count with small cells cofnrims the diagnosis. You need to be very careful with iron intake as patietns with thalasemia states are prone to iron overload. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Hi i recently went through a iron pill overdose and im experiencing nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. I'm not sure how to recover. ?

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Hi i recently went through a iron pill overdose and im experiencing nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. I'm not sure how to recover. ?

More info needed: iron od can be fatal. Chelating agents may be used to bind iron, but you must see an MD ASAP for evaluation. Until you do, by NAC (N-acetyl choline), and OTC product which may protect you from liver failure. I would take 1200 mg every 4 hours until you are evaluated. You only get one liver ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more


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