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How To Prevent Constipation From Taking Iron Supplements
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
I have been using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress, not absorbing frm food?
Why 4 years?: Iron deficiency from 3 causes: low intake, increased loss, e.g. menstrual loss, pregnancy ("lost" to fetus), urinary or gut bleeding, e.g. ulcers, polyps, tumors, poor absorption, e.g. stomach and/or bowel disease due to celiac sprue (gluten induced inflammation), inflammatory bowel disease. See MD ...Read more
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
No, it: Shouldn't have any effectGet a more detailed answer ›
I have tested low for iron 3 months apart. Do I need to see a doctor before taking iron supplements? What is a safe amount to take?
See your provider: Low hemoglobin (anemia) can be caused by many reasons. If you truly had an iron test as opposed to cbc(more common) you may need iron, however before starting it is advisable to get other tests done, including TIBC and ferritin. Once it is confirmed it is truly fe deficiency then an appropriate dose will be 325mg iron sulfate 2x per day. Another reason would be find our why you are low. ...Read more
If I taking iron supplements for one year, and missed them for one week, would it show a large discrepancy if I have blood work done?
No: Missing one week of iron, after taking them for a whole year would make very little difference in any lab test. Your body stores the iron, and if you are anemic it takes time for the red blood cells to be produced, so missing just a week will not make a noticeable difference. ...Read more
I was taking iron supplements and my stools were black. They are suddenly back to normal. Does this mean I'm no longer absorbing all the iron?
No...: Intestinal iron absorption is poor to start with and oral iron supplements commonly discolor the stool black. The color changes of your stool while on oral iron supplements does not correlate with the efficiency of absorption. Your serum iron levels and hemogloblin are the most accurate markers of absorption. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
How long after taking iron supplements for 5 months then stopping will poo return to normal colour?
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.
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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
See below: You had an unusual menstrual cycle. However, unusual menstrual cycles don't necessarily mean that there's anything wrong physically. The menstrual cycle is under very delicate hormonal control, which can be influenced by things such as exercise, rapid weight change, emotional stress etc.. SEE: http://bit.ly/19cKee5 To be safe see your physician if you continue to have abnormal periods. ...Read more
I started taking doctor prescribed iron supplements. How long will it take for my blood to become normal?
I am taking iron supplements but my hemoglobin & hematocrit numbers keep getting lower. What am i doing wrong?
Anemia : Anemia means red blood cells are lower than normal; sometimes low or volume, sometimes low in hemoglobin (the oxygen carrying protein.) There are many causes of anemia besides menstrual bleeding & iron deficiency. Clues to the cause of anemia can be gathered by careful history & review of the lab data. Consider consulting a medical doctor in the office or an Inbox Consult on HealthTap. ...Read more
Can taking iron supplements and eating foods rich in iron promote the bacterial growth that can lead to prostatitis?
There is data: Which has associated iron burden and infection. That said, prostate specific issues seems like an unlikely finding to me. ...Read more
Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?
Partially treated: Ferritin reflects body storage iron, while serum iron and transferrin saturation reflect current iron circulating in plasma. When you take oral iron supplement, the amount of iron in circulation (absorbed from gut on its way to storage sites) is transiently high. Your data suggest you have iron deficiency, partially treated, with blood tests taken within a day or two of your most recent iron pill. ...Read more
Been taking iron supplements for 8 weeks now and iron is not increasing but decreasing. What could be wrong. Seeing a hematologist soon. Cancer?
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