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How long does it take for your blood count to start going up when you take iron pills?

How long does it take for your blood count to start going up when you take iron pills?

About a Month: The average life span of a blood cell is about a month. You would expect it to take at least that long. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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I have low blood count, & I've started taking iron supplements. However, I am getting irregular periods now (twice per month). Is this normal?

I have low blood count, & I've started taking iron supplements. However, I am getting irregular periods now (twice per month). Is this normal?

Anemia: It is more likely that your irregular or heavy bleeding would lead to your iron def anemia rather than other way around. Iron can cause constipation or some abdominal discomfort. You may need to talk to your doctor about birth control pills or other types of hormones to help control your cycle. ...Read more

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How long does it take for blood count to go up after taking iron?

How long does it take for blood count to go up after taking iron?

Variable course: If your absorption of iron is normal, and there are no other deficiencies, you should see a positive effect in a week or so. ...Read more

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How long does it take to receive 6 bags/units blood & 1 bag/unit of iron, due to a blood count of 4.2 that's female?

How long does it take to receive 6 bags/units blood & 1 bag/unit of iron, due to a blood count of 4.2 that's female?

LOOK FOR THE SOURCE: Anemia is common in female but not that low
blood transfusion and iron will help bring the count up but your doctor has to make an effort to look for the source of your anemia
it is not normal to go that low without a reason. ...Read more

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On blood test my tibc is always abnormal. Iron is171 (h)37 to 145 normal and tibc 404 (h) normal being 225-390. I take no iron pills. What causes this?

On blood test my tibc is always abnormal. Iron is171 (h)37 to 145 normal and tibc 404 (h) normal being 225-390. I take no iron pills. What causes this?

Follow it: It's important to remember that the lab's "reference range" isn't the "normal range" or the "heathy range". Reference range is set so that 5% of perfectly healthy people fall outside. Real disease announces itself by marked variances from these ranges, or by symptoms supported by labs. Consider yourself healthy. ...Read more

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If I'm anemic can I still donate blood if I don't take iron pills and if I'm on kidney medication?

If I'm anemic can I still donate blood if I don't take iron pills and if I'm on kidney medication?

No: Only in a special situation where an anemic person's blood is urgently needed would anyone want to take an anemic person's blood donation... because it would make the donor even more anemic. Perhaps if an anemic person were the only matching donor remaining in town, and a tranfusion was emergently needed... but that situation should not happen anywhere in modern America. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's I am anemic because of blood loss. I take prescribed iron pills but I keep getting crazy migraines. Is low iron the cause?

I have Crohn's I am anemic because of blood loss. I take prescribed iron pills but I keep getting crazy migraines. Is low iron the cause?

Yes, sometimes: If you are losing gross blood, you need to be on stronger medicine. Low HGB is one good reason for headaches. Talk to your crohn's doctor. If your disease is active, there are good drugs to usually control it. ...Read more

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I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?

I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?

Several months: Iron replacements for anemia may take several months to get your iron level back to normal. Too rapid a replacement may give you GI side effects like constipation or liver irritation. Take oral iron with vitamin c to help with absorption without a heavy meal. ...Read more

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Is a hematologist visit needed for anemia related to blood loss? My gastroenterologist says to take iron pills for 3 months & do more blood tests then

Is a hematologist visit needed for anemia related to blood loss? My gastroenterologist says to take iron pills for 3 months & do more blood tests then

Not necessarily: If your anemia has been determined to be caused by blood loss, there is probably no need to see a hematologist. If the anemia persists despite iron treatment (and preventing further blood loss), then a hematologist consultation might be indicated. ...Read more

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I am still on iron pills because my blood was so low?

I am still on iron pills because my blood was so low?

Read below: Iron deficiency anemia (low blood count) is most commonly due to bleeding. The cause of the bleeding must be determined and stopped and the list iron must be replaced so you can make red blood cells. Iron is replaced with pills or injections, but some patients do not absorb the pills well. Ask your doctor what your iron levels are and why your blood remains low while taking iron. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a surefire way to build your blood back up besides taking iron pills?

Anyone know what is a surefire way to build your blood back up besides taking iron pills?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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Can I take iron tablet even though I have cirohsis due to hepc. Blood count is low?

Iron and anemia: Iron deficiency is one of many possible causes of anemia. A blood test can determine is your iron level is low and if you need supplemental iron. We do not generally recommend taking an iron supplement in men who have normal iron levels, since your body can't get rid of extra iron. A low iron level should prompt an evaluation for the cause. ...Read more

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What to do if I am on iron pills. Why would I have a pulse of 49 and blood pressure reading of 135/81?

What to do if I am on iron pills. Why would I have a pulse of 49 and blood pressure reading of 135/81?

See below: Iron pills generally are given for (iron deficiency) anemia. The pills have nothing to do with your bp. ...Read more

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My blood level is 9.3 is that ok for me to have surgery I have been taking my iron pills I have back surgery on feb.3, 2014?

My blood level is 9.3 is that ok for me to have surgery I have been taking my iron pills I have back surgery on feb.3, 2014?

Discuss this issue: With ur surgeon. Some surgeons would operate only if their hemoglobin level is above ten. Take care and god bless u! ...Read more

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Used to chronic blood loss. I fixed that. Ferritin was low, took iron pills. Now ferritin normal. But serum iron is high. Stopped pills. Implication?

Used to chronic blood loss. I fixed that. Ferritin was low, took iron pills. Now ferritin normal. But serum iron is high. Stopped pills. Implication?

Manage it: I'm really glad you found the cause of your chronic bleeding. The serum iron isn't anything to worry about while you're taking oral iron. Each pill causes a spike in the value. Keep following this, and I"m glad you're better. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I fainted last week &now am having headaches. I had blood test done and found out I'm anemic so I got iron pills. But why am I still having headaches?

I fainted last week &now am having headaches. I had blood test done and found out I'm anemic so I got iron pills. But why am I still having headaches?

Good question to ask: Your doctor! Find out how anemic you are, and how low your iron is, and see if your urine production/ urinalysis was normal. This may explain it, and if you are dehydrated, you may be having headaches, and this is best answered by your doctor, who knows you! ...Read more

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Mom is high in ferratin, had hematoma on theigh from angio for her heart, used iron pills for low blood, now hemoglobine is normal but high ferratin?

Mom is high in ferratin, had hematoma on theigh from angio for her heart, used iron pills for low blood, now hemoglobine is normal but high ferratin?

High ferritin: Ferrtin is the body storage of reserve iron. If iron gets to low then iron deficiency anemia occurs because iron is necessary to make hemoglobin. When oral iron is taken then when absorbed it raises the storage iron of ferritin. Consult your doctor to see about modifying the dose of iron if the serum ferritin gets to high. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have a phobia of iron pills and liquids. Will my iron and blood levels get lower every time I have my period?

Can you tell me if I have a phobia of iron pills and liquids. Will my iron and blood levels get lower every time I have my period?

Consider hypnosis: Consider hypnosis and or progressive desensitization to overcome the phobia. Both techniques can cure you & you will not have 2 worry about your anemia. Find a psychologist who can teach you these simple interventions. Sometimes additional psychotherapy may be needed if the phobia is connected to a traumatic event. Let us know how you do! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Ruma
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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more


Iron (Definition)

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