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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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Iron supplements and vit d, calicum. How does it effect absorption or should it be taken how far spart?

Iron supplements and vit d, calicum. How does it effect absorption or should it be taken how far spart?

Why taking iron?: Vit d helps calcium absorption so it's fine to take together (though if your blood level's ok it's not necessary). While it's safe to take iron at the same time, minerals can compete for absorption so it might be best to take at a different time than calcium. Vit c improves iron absorption. However, iron is generally not wise to take after menopause unless you are sure you're deficient! See comment:.

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Can I take biotin supplements with iron supplements? When is the right time of day to take them?

Can I take biotin supplements with iron supplements? When is the right time of day to take them?

Why taking?: At 17, you really should not need supplements unless they were prescribed by a doctor. Get your biotin and iron naturally from dark leafy vegetables and beans. If you are not vegan, meat has plenty of iron. Biotin supplements, contrary to popular views, do not help hair.

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Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements at the same time?

Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements at the same time?

That depends: What is the reason you are taking the iron supplement, if you are documented iron deficient, then taking two doses at the same time, may make you more constipated, but is not likely to be harmful.

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Can I take iron supplements and vitamin d at the same time?

Can I take iron supplements and vitamin d at the same time?

Yes you can: There is no conflict between iron and vitamin d supplements, and you can take them at the same time. In fact, they often appear together in multivitamins.

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I am taking iron supplements with a prenatal everyday can I also take calcium with vitamin D? Currently breastfeeding my 5 week old daughter

I am taking iron supplements with a prenatal everyday can I also take calcium with vitamin D? Currently breastfeeding my 5 week old daughter

Baby needs vitamin D: Your infant needs 400 IU vitamin D daily as a supplement as she is breastfeeding. You have adequate vitamin and mineral intake if you are still taking your prenatals. Additional calcium and vitamin D for you is not necessary.

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Could vitamin d + calcium supplement cause loose bowels? How about iron supplements?

Could vitamin d + calcium supplement cause loose bowels? How about iron supplements?

Yes both: Iron supplements could cause loose bowels. Both vitamins a and d can cause loose stools when consumed in high doses.

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Do I need to consult a dr before taking iron supplements?

Do I need to consult a dr before taking iron supplements?

Why are you taking?: Yes, esp. If you are a man! It is generally unwise for men and post-menopausal women to take iron as you get adequate levels from diet. Iron is a pro-oxidant and if you aren't deficient appears to increase risk of heart disease and cancer. Men who lower iron load by donating blood have up to 88% less risk of heart attacks! See http://www. Anh-usa. Org/reduce-your-heart-risk/.

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What are the side effects of taking iron supplements?

What are the side effects of taking iron supplements?

Mostly GI Distress: Side effects from taking iron supplements are most often diarrhea or constipation and epigastric abdominal discomfort. Taken after a meal, side effects decrease, but there is an increased risk of interaction with other substances. Black stools are not uncommon, but harmless. Liquid form can discolor the teeth and intramuscular injections can be painful and leave a brown discoloration.

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Been taking iron supplements for a year and still no ferritin?

Been taking iron supplements for a year and still no ferritin?

Incomplete question: 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.

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Why could my ferritin be dropping after taking iron supplements for 6+ months?

Why could my ferritin be dropping after taking iron supplements for 6+ months?

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.

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Is it safe to start taking iron supplements? I feel like maybe my iron is low and I've read the symptoms and I can relate to a fair amount of them

Is it safe to start taking iron supplements? I feel like maybe my iron is low and I've read the symptoms and I can relate to a fair amount of them

Iron: Iron supplements are relatively safe, common side effects include constipation, nausea or a metallic taste in the mouth. A common cause of low iron in a women of your age is excessive blood loss through monthly menses - it is routine practice to supplement low blood iron levels with ferrous sulfate that can be purchased at your local drug store.

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Hello I've recently have been taking iron pills and my cycle has been really off. I was wondering if taking iron supplements can effect your cycle?

Hello I've recently have been taking iron pills and my cycle has been really off. I was wondering if taking iron supplements can effect your cycle?

Unlikely: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD. Consult this site for more information on this topic. Http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes. Aspx Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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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?

Iron: Ferritin of 16 indicates that you still have iron deficiency. In iron deficiency the hemoglobin will be corrected first before the ferritin reaches the normal level. So, tecnhically speaking, you still need to take your oral iron supplement until your ferritin is normalized (above 50) also increase intake of iron rich food. Open this site www. Ironrichfood. Org for further information.

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I'm taking iron supplements and feeling dizzy. Could the supplements be causing this?

Usually GI issues: Oral iron most commonly causes GI side effects - constipation etc. Dizziness would be possible, but less likely.

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I have been cleared of anemia and stopped taking my iron supplements. However I've felt terrible since this. Is it alright to continue taking them?

I have been cleared of anemia and stopped taking my iron supplements. However I've felt terrible since this. Is it alright to continue taking them?

No, Iron also toxic: In elevated body concentrations, called hemochromatosis; look this up on Google. Additionally there is not such thing as "cleared of anemia". Anemia: just a label for? Ed red blood cell concentration within the blood, as measured by taking a sample of blood. RBC concentration is determined by ongoing balance between rate of production, rate of RBC death/damage & rate of loss (e.g menses).

Dr. Randy Baker
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