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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:. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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/. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 no 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). ...Read more

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Do you need to take iron supplements if you taking PPIs for GERD?

No: Although there is a lot of talk about iron absorption while on PPIs on the Internet, the practical aspect of it is that the effect of PPI's on this is very minimal. There is no reason to take extra iron supplements. If you need to be on PPI's for years, it might be reasonable to check a blood count every year or so. Otherwise, you are unlikely to have problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of iron supplements should a baby be taking?

Let me help: Infants and toddlers need more iron than adults, in general, because their bodies are growing so quickly. In childhood, boys and girls need the same amount of iron -- 10 milligrams daily from ages 4 to 8, and 8 mg daily from ages 9 to 13. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

Food: For a list of iron rich foods, consult this site: http://www. Webmd. Com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What are some other ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

See below: The total daily requirement of iron in a normal person is about 1 mg. Rest of the iron is wasted by the body in the stools. However, if one continues to take mega doses of iron it can start depositing in the tissues, a dangerous event. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking iron supplements but I still feel out of it. What should I do?

Why?!?!: If you are iron deficient and taking iron supplements but not feeling better, you should be checked to make sure you absorb it well. If you are not iron deficient, you should not be taking iron supplements as too much iron can make you sick and your body does not have a way to get rid of extra iron. ...Read more

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Why can't iron supplements be takened when taking prevacid (lansoprazole)?

Iron is best: Absorbed on an empty and acid stomach. Prevacid (lansoprazole) markedly reduces stomach acid. ...Read more

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Does taking iron supplements or eating foods rich in iron promote rise in hgb level best?

Iron deficiency: One can increase the iron level in your body much more quickly with iron supplements than with any type of food. ...Read more

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My ferritin is low, 15 ng/ml. Should I take iron supplements? How much, how often, and what type?

Find cause: Iron deficiency in a man is stomach or colon cancer, or a stomach ulcer, until proven otherwise. You may also have low iron from chronic inflammation from your psoriatic arthritis. It's actually even more complicated. ...Read more

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How long after taking iron supplements for 5 months then stopping will poo return to normal colour?

How long after taking iron supplements for 5 months then stopping will poo return to normal colour?

Soon after u stop: Your feces the next day after you stop your iron tablet the black tarry stool will start to fade away and back o normal color of feces. ...Read more

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How long will it take for iron levels to reach 12 range if taking iron supplements and Vit. C daily for over a week? Iron was at 9.6 three weeks ago.

How long will it take for iron levels to reach 12 range if taking iron supplements and Vit. C daily for over a week? Iron was at 9.6 three weeks ago.

Long term Rx: You need to take iron for at least 6 months to replenish you iron stores. 12 is not high enough to be normal. Do not worry about repeating the test before 6 months.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink vinegar apple cider while taking iron supplements?

Is it ok to drink vinegar apple cider while taking iron supplements?

Sure: If you've been instructed to take iron supplements, it's serious business and I am glad you recognize it. Apple cider vinegar is a very safe supplement; you'll have to ask some of my teammates here about how it may benefit you. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Yes: But may wish to do in morning when up and about and eating since the pills can be irritating ...Read more

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What food goes good with iron supplements?

What food goes good with iron supplements?

Not cereal / milk: They can block absorption. How about fruits / vegetables / bread / protein? ...Read more

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How do I go about getting iron supplements?

Pharmacist or MD: Many over the counter iron supplements are available.

However, you may wish (and I would recommend) to see your physician to get a recommendation for a regimen to take that is personalized for you based on your total iron stores, hemoglobin level, heaviness of your periods, etc. ...Read more

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Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Yes: The most common side effect is constipation. Stool softeners available over the counter are effective in softening the stool. If you have an upset stomach, there are iron supplements which dissolve slowly in the proper part of the gut and are more tolerable. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements tan skin?

Can iron supplements tan skin?

If abused: You have to really overdo iron supplements and probably have a genetic predisposition, but you might be able to give yourself the gray-bronze of iron overload / hemochromatosis. You don't want this; it'll ruin everything from your liver to your love life. ...Read more

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