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Ferritin Supplement Side Effects
My iron is low. Hemoglobin low side of normal, ferritin 7, saturation 9%. Dr suggested iron ivs. Is this safe? Risks side effects and chances of thwm.
It's your call: I think they're safe enough, the chances of serious harm from them is low, and you'll feel better faster. Some folks do get sickish during the infusion. I do trust that a cause for your iron deficiency has been sought adequately -- I've seen colon cancer missed in a woman in her 20's with fatal results. If you're deficient due to monthy loss, talk about supplements; if from reflux, Rx'ing this. ...Read more
Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...Read more
I have had low ferritin levels for 2 years now and I've been taking an iron supplement regularly for a year along side high iron diet and still anemic?
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
Find out why: You need to find out why you are iron deficient. Unless you're a young woman with heavy monthly losses, or are on an iron-poor diet (most vegetarians do need to supplement), you have stomach or colon cancer until proved otherwise. Red meat or ferrous gluconate / sulfate tablets will both supply iron, but first find out what's really going on. Best wishes. ...Read more
Your question can not be answered as it is incomplete. We need to know why you are taking iron supplement and what was your blood test and levels before starting the supplement and after taking it.
We need iron level, ferritin levels, hemoglobin and rbcs level and the cause of iron deficiency, whether it is nutritional or from chronic blood loss or other causes and if it has been corrected or not. ...Read more
Need actual values: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Ferritin can be elevated due to tissue injury. It may be returning to normal. It would have been useful to have the actual results. ...Read more
Low in ferritin (10.8 ng/ml), how can I safely raise my iron levels using supplements? Which form of iron should I use and what dosage?
Can you overdose on iron supplements when you have low ferritin? What is the optimal dose of iron to take to raise ferritin significantly?
No: The gut is very inefficient at absorbing iron. So you really cannot take too much. Oral replacement takes several weeks. In a more pressing circumstance your doc could offer IV iron. ...Read more
Been taking iron supplements for 3 months, hb now 15.6 so told to stop supplement, but ferritin still only 16. How can I build up my ferritin level?
My ferritin level is just 10. my hb level is 12.6.my tibc is 331.my zinc level is 66.1.what is the best supplement for me. I also have severe hairfall?
Ferrous sulfate or gluconate could be used for supplement but if do not absorb them the you might become anemic.
Female of your age also loose blood in menstrual loss, so better to take some iron supplement, if happened to become anemic not responding to oral supplement may need another way of iron like iron by intramuscular or intravenously.
In addition make sure not loosing blood from other als ...Read more
How long would it take for one's hemogoblin level to rise from 10 to 12 and ferritin level from 6 to 30 with the use of iron supplements (90mg) daily?
Iron deficiency: Since only 10 % or so of iron take b by mouth is absorbed, it may take weeks for the hgb to climb from 10to12. Often iron supplements are prescribed to be taken three times a day especially in menstruating women who are iron deficient and then the dose is reduced when the anemia is improved. ...Read more
My ferritin is 56 and my hemoglobin is 14 and I take iron supplement 3 times per week is it good?
Ferritin level came back 23 ug/l. Reference range says 10-291 ug/l. Should I take some iron supplements?
At my dr appointment I had low ferritin but all other blood counts were normal, dr suggested an iron supplement. When should I have levels retested?
My ferritin level is very low at 9 and has not changed after 3 months of high dose oral iron supplements. Are iron suppositories more effective?
If my RBC is slightly elevated, hemoglobin and hemocrit are normal with low ferritin, would I be considered anemic? My dr wants to start supplements.
Iron Deficiency: What is your serum iron and iron binding capacity? If your iron is low and iron binding capacity is high, then you have iron deficiency and you need to be on iron supplement. Also how did they describe the morphology of your red cell? Did they say they are pale and lack iron check with your doctor. If you have to start take a Gluconate supp with Vit C. Good luck. ...Read more
The level of ferritin for my daughter that age 14 years is 7.49 ng/ml in the time where she is taking iron supplement from 3 years. What's the solut?
Consider Specialist: 14 yr old on "iron supplement x 3 yrs", "ferritin = 7.49 ng/ml". Ferritin < 10 ng/ml indicates an absence of iron stores. This can result from many disease states, most commonly chronic blood loss (for ex. Heavy menstrual bleeding), & chronic illnesses. No other lab data was given. Diagnosis can be challenging. See your doctor for further evaluation, consider referral to Hematology specialist. ...Read more
Foundout my iron is 31, ferritin is 5.Really worried. I bleed heavily 2 of 5 period days. Is that enough to cause this? I feel fine+started supplements.
Yes: You are iron-deficient. You are wise to be on supplements. Iron deficiency is common in mentruating women due the monthly blood loss. Continue the iron for a couple of months at least and, if your periods are abnormal, consult with your ob-gyn. O/w just take iron. This is common. Don't be worried. ...Read more
Dx and treated B12 def with lvl of 78 five yrs ago, but now ferritin 13 (12-250ug/l) and folate (folic acid) 6.3 (4-20ug/l), should these levels b supplemented?
Iron: There is certainly no harm in supplementing your folate (folic acid) (must continue your b12!) but that level seems fine. Your ferritin level seems low and most likely indicates that there is not enough iron in your system. This too can lead to anemia. Iron supplements seem indicated. You should see your doctor to fully evaluated why your ferritin is low. ...Read more
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
Ferritin level is 33 ng/ml after taking supplements for 6 months. But still having hair fall. Hair fall stops for some time and then again starts?
Hey my ferritin level is 14.8 ng/ml. .. do I need to take iron supplements? I look pale and my MCV level is 84.4?
Very low ferritin: This is an abnormally low level. Ferritin reflects our body's iron stores. You need an immediate evaluation of why you're low iron stores are low. Are you bleeding into your gut? Do you have copious vaginal bleeding? You need an urgent medical evaluation to determine the cause. You can't treat chronic bleeding with iron pills. And yes, iron deficiency causes hair loss. ...Read more
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more