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Is 28mg of iron supplement too much?

Is 28mg of iron supplement too much?

It depends: If you're very deficient you may want an iron supplement that contains this much iron. The daily reference intake for men is 8mg/day; for women 8-18mg/day. But these are for people with no iron loss. Your doctor may want you to use this higher 28 mg dosage for a time. It can may you nauseated, so please take with meals. ...Read more

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Supplements (Definition)

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


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Do men over 50 need an iron supplement?

Do men over 50 need an iron supplement?

General: Heart diseases fall into categories of electrical failures or mechanical failures but either is too broad to answer in our tiny allotment here. ...Read more

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What is the flow fe iron supplement used for?

What is the flow fe iron supplement used for?

Not flow but slow fe: It is not flow fe but slow fe, means it is absorped slowly. It is used to correct iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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What amount of an iron supplement is too much?

What amount of an iron supplement is too much?

That depends: The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of elemental iron is 10 mg for adult males, 15 mg for adult, pre-menopausal women, and 10 mg for postmenopausal women. Usual supplement dose is Regular-release ferrous sulfate: 325 mg orally 3 times a day or 300 mg orally 4 times a day may be given. ...Read more

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Can I take an iron supplement & b-12 at the same time?

Can I take an iron supplement & b-12 at the same time?

Yes: You should be able to take B12 and iron at the same time. Iron does however interfere with other vitamins and minerals being absorbed such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin c. ...Read more

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What milligram is considered overdose for iron supplement?

What milligram is considered overdose for iron supplement?

A child may become: Toxic after ingesting 10-20 mg/kg of elemental iron. >60 mg/kg can cause serious toxicity sxs. Iron overdose can be lethal. If you are considering an overdose please obtain help at your nearest emergency room or contact the national suicide prevention lifeline phone number at 1-800-273-8255 - 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week. Take care. ...Read more

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Why should you need iron supplement if your body can recycle iron?

Why should you need iron supplement if your body can recycle iron?

Only if iron is low: Iron supplementation is not needed unless there is iron loss through bleeding or inability to absorb iron from food or water. The only way one can lose iron is through bleeding, either from excessive menses, or bleeding from the bowel. Bleeding from other areas is usually very noticeable. ...Read more

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I'm a man that took a 65mg iron supplement. Do I have anything to worry about?

Not at all but...: Men need iron too but generally get all they need from diet. 65 mg is not a large dose and should have no significant impact. But don't take iron regularly. Iron is a pro-oxidant and excess iron increases risk of heart disease and cancer (and lowering iron stores by donating blood may reduce risk of heart disease and cancer). But I expect no problems from the small amount of iron you took. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I feel better after only one day of taking an iron supplement?

Is it possible that I feel better after only one day of taking an iron supplement?

Maybe: A one-day turnaround seems pretty quick. But it also feels good to know what your diagnosis is (anemia), and to be working towards feeling better by taking iron if that's what you need. Lot of improvement can come from positive expectation also -- work with it! And work with your doctors too. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should I take an iron supplement if my haemoglobin I is low?

Should I take an iron supplement if my haemoglobin I is low?

A good idea.: This is good because hb us usually low in women particularly due to menstrual cycles that involve loss of blood. Iron is needed to complete red blood cell development, and so replace lost blood. A balanced diet with a healthy portion of red meat also helps. ...Read more

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What iron supplement are indicated for weak stomachs?

What iron supplement are indicated for weak stomachs?

Please clarify: Can you be more specific about the symptoms you are referring to with the term "weak stomach". Thanks ...Read more

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Which type of iron supplement are recommended for weak stomachs?

Which type of iron supplement are recommended for weak stomachs?

Iron Bis-Glycinate: Research shows that iron bis-glycinate is significantly better absorbed than more commonly used forms like ferrous sulfate or gluconate. It is also less likely to cause stomach upset and constipation. Taking iron with vitamin c enhances absorption. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/11688081. ...Read more

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I'm taking an iron supplement which has 27 mg and a multivitamin which has 18 mg of iron. Is this too much?

I'm taking an iron supplement which has 27 mg and a multivitamin which has 18 mg of iron. Is this too much?

No, but.....: That is not too much but if you are not iron deficient, why are you taking it in the first place? ...Read more

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Is taking iron supplement alright while your on a contraceptive pill?

Yes: There should be no reason to avoid taking an iron supplement while on oral contraceptives. Many oral contraceptives include iron in the tablet. ...Read more

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How do you take iron supplement drops?

How do you take iron supplement drops?

Not Necessary: Iron supplementation is not necessary in healthy children, toddlers or infants. There is an ample amount in formula and breast milk and in children in their normal diets. If the child has iron anemia you can treat with iron drops to replenish the iron stores needed to maintain a normal red blood cell count. Ask your doctor whether your child needs iron. ...Read more

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Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

Do I need to give my baby an iron supplement?

Only Breast Feeding?: If your baby is not eating solid food at 4 months of age and is breast feeding. American Academy Of Pediatrics recommend giving Iron Supplement of 11 mgm per day.
Because breast milk contains little iron and your babies own iron reserves won't be sufficient to make the difference. Once the baby start eating iron rich foods then probably will not need the supplement. ...Read more

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Does spinach have any disadvantage as an iron supplement?

Does spinach have any disadvantage as an iron supplement?

No: Whole foods especially in the raw state is the best way to get your vitamins and minerals such as iron. An apple for example has over 12, 000 phytonutrients. I feel this is much better than taking man made synthetic pills. ...Read more

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Which form of iron supplement is best ABSORBED in the body with MINIMAL side effects?

Which form of iron supplement is best ABSORBED in the body with MINIMAL side effects?

Not an easy question: Though some salts of iron are better absorbed than others, they may not provide the same amount of elemental iron. You may have to sacrifice one for the other. In addition, some salts are better tolerated (less GI side effects). Check with your pharmacist regarding which forms they carry and how will they affect you. ...Read more

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How long will it take for an iron supplement to take effect? (For hemoglobin levels to rise)

How long will it take for an iron supplement to take effect? (For hemoglobin levels to rise)

Couple of weeks: If your anemia is due to iron deficiency and you start taking iron pills, you would see the beginning of the response in a few days, though it may take a few weeks to notice a substantial rise in hemoglobin.
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My age is 42 years & vegetarian female. So do I need to take iron supplement & l have a normal diet and if yes then how much?

Depends: It is best to have your CBC and iron checked. Green leafy vegetables are a good source of iron. There are what we call essential Amino Acids and essential minerals that have to come from certain sources. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about them. ...Read more

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Been donating Plasama. HCT readings have been 31, 35, 37. I started taking iron supplement. Is it suitable for me to donate.

Been donating Plasama. HCT readings have been 31, 35, 37. I started taking iron supplement. Is it suitable for me to donate.

Yes.: Plasma donation does not affect HCT. You may take iron if you are still menstruating. It is kind of you of you to donate plasma. Your blood bank is expected to monitor your donation frequency to make sure that you do not run low on proteins. ...Read more

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I read consuming too much iron can cause problems (iron build up in organs etc.) is this true? I take a 65mg iron supplement daily. Should I stop?

I read consuming too much iron can cause problems (iron build up in organs etc.) is this true? I take a 65mg iron supplement daily. Should I stop?

YES!!! and YES!!!: Iron supplements should only be routinely taken by menstruating women. Iron is a pro-oxidant & increases risk of heart disease and cancer. Men who regularly donate blood have a significantly lower risk of heart disease & cancer because that is the best way to reduce your iron load. Consider donating blood to reduce your iron! See http://blog. Lef. Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood. Html. ...Read more

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Does iron supplement irritate liver?

Does iron supplement irritate liver?

If you take too much: If you take more iron than you actually need to this can cause an overload of iron in your liver and as a consequence unwanted inflammation of it. In order to know if you are actually in need of iron supplement you need to have blood work done. Regular multivitamins contain a balanced iron supplement if you take them as prescribed. Follow up with your doctor on this. ...Read more

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Is there a dose of iron supplement that won't cause constipation?

Is there a dose of iron supplement that won't cause constipation?

Not really: Pretty much all doses are going to cause some constipation but this symptom can be mitigated with plenty of hydration, high fiber diet, and colace, (docusate sodium) a stool softener. ...Read more

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What is recommended for a person taking levofloxacillin as an iron supplement fumerate or sulphate?

What is recommended for a person taking levofloxacillin as an iron supplement fumerate or sulphate?

Iron supplements: Iron sulfate is the supplement of choice for iron deficiency, but iron fumarate has similar bioavailability and CAN also be taken for iron deficiency. Since any iron can interfere with absorption of levofloxacin, make sure your take any iron at least 2 hours before or after the levofloxacin dose to avoid this problem. ...Read more

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What to do if I have iron supplement for thyroid protection?

What to do if I have iron supplement for thyroid protection?

See below: The thyroid and iron have no relation with each other. Taking iron will not prevent the onset of thyroid disorders. ...Read more

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