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Ferrous Fumarate Vs Sulfate
Iron supplements: Chelated iron has been treated to bind it to an amino acid, supposedly to make it more like that occurring naturally in foods. It allegedly is more easily absorbed through cell walls. Ferrous sulfate is the most common & cheapest iron supplement but may not be well tolerated. Ferrous fumarate is better absorbed, but heme iron polypeptide is well tolerated & absorbed. Vitamin c enhances iron uptake. ...Read more
Iron: Ferrous sulfate is also known as iron. You can use this as a supplement if your iron level is low- as a treatment for iron deficiency. Iron chelating agent- on the other hand- is used to bind the iron in your blood and then remove it from your body . This will be used if your iron level is too muc/highh- for instance in the setting where you received multiple blood transfusion. ...Read more
Make new blood cells: Iron is a very important mineral the body uses to make new red blood cells. If you are anemic, it means you are short of red blood cells. You either lost them due to bleeding, you are destroying them too fast (like sickle cell), or you can't make new ones fast enough to keep up with your needs. Whatever the reason, you need the iron (ferrous) to make new ones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Docs preference: assuming they are treating low Fe , and are following your response, is what most matters. ...Read more
Among ferrous sulfate, gluconate and fumarate, is there any difference in absorbtion and tolerability?
Yes: All these forms of iron have distinct characteristics that affect these areas. Though gluconate and fumarate are more tolerable than the sulfate, they provide a lower amount of absorbable iron. I feel that it is more important to be able to tolerate the form of iron you're taking than how much is absorbed especially if you have any stomach problems to begin with. Good luck. ...Read more
Which is better for anemia? Ferrous sulfate or ferrous fumarate? I have low iron, ferrous sulfate hurts my stomach. Was wondering about fumarate.
Anemia & iron: Anemia can be caused by different things- bleeding, iron deficiency, vitamin deficiency, related to other chronic disease, related to kidney disease, destruction to red blood cells, bone marrow failure etc. Feosol (ferrous sulfate) iron is one of the good choice only if you have iron deficiency anemia and hopefully can help you- otherwise, you should see md and have further eval to find the cause of your anemia. ...Read more
Iron supplements: Ferrous sulfate can interfere with the absorption of certain medications like thyroid hormone. It also can cause stomach upset, constipation, diarrhea, and achiness. If one takes excessive amounts of iron over long periods of time it can very rarely cause organ damage such as heart and liver failure. ...Read more
Which is better for chronic anemia
1) ferrous gloconate
2) ferrous fumarate
As a supplements for iron deficiency?
Determine the cause: Chronic anemia does not equate to iron deficiency anemia. If you have been found to have iron deficiency anemia, however, there is no real superior supplement. They can be tolerated differently in different people. The most important thing is that you find one that does not bother your stomach, so that you can take it as recommended. ...Read more
Yes for some people: it is better tolerated.Get a more detailed answer ›
I can't tolerate conventional ferrous sulfate for iron-deficiency anemia. How much iron bisglycinate should I take to cover 325 mg ferrous sulfate?
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