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Ferrous Sulfate Medication
I have anemia and take iron medication (ferrous sulfate). Should I continue if i recently developed hemorrhoids and the iron makes me constipated?
Iron overdose: Usually, an excessive one-time dose of iron washes through your intestines and doesn't cause any side effects other than nausea, vomitina, and diarrhea. Too much iron over many months can cause iron build-up in your body and may require chelation therapy. You need to visit your healthcare provider and get appropriate testing depending on how much iron you have taken. ...Read more
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Ferrous sulfate: Although it is possible to have side effects from ferrous sulfate ingestion, in small amounts it will probably not hurt you. Ferrous sulfate is used to fortify foods and sometimes used to treat iron deficiency anemia. It should not be used on a regular basis unless prescribed by your physician. Good luck. ...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
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
Constipation: Mild side effects can include constipation; darkened or green stools; diarrhea; nausea; stomach upset.. More severe side effects can include headache, allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; blood or streaks of blood in the stool; fever; vomiting with continuing sharp stomach pain. ...Read more
Yes for some people: it is better tolerated.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Is it common for ferritin levels to increase from 33 ug/L to 95 ug/L after taking 300 mg x 3 times a day of ferrous sulfate for 10 days?
I am completely finished with my RX iron 325 mg, but need more. Will the same strength OTC non-RX iron (ferrous sulfate) work just the same? Yes? No?
Depending on the: level of iron deficiency anemia you have, you would need between 160 mg to 480 mg of iron sulfate (there are other compounds) daily. Your body can only absorb so much through the gut before inducing side effects. Most OTC iron preparations are between 5 mg to 65 mg, so likely you would have to take a lot of pills to make up for the deficiency. The key is to have regular checkup to see progress ...Read more
I had level 13 of iron about 2 months ago & i took ferrous sulfate once everyday since. I stopped taking them 4 days ago should I be okay without them?
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