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Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Sometimes: When a child's anemia reaches levels where therapeutic iron is needed, cramps & constipation are seen occasionally. Full srength juices will sometimes counter the effect. It is not seen from the iron content of regular formulas. ...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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My son needs iron supplements, How can I prevent these from rotting his teeth?

My son needs iron supplements, How can I prevent these from rotting his teeth?

They won't: But bacteria will. Start with a professional cleaning @ Dentist's office. Ask Dentist for proper oral hygiene instructions and diet review. Regular professional care is mandatory. ...Read more

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My son needs iron supplements, how can I prevent his teeth getting iron stains?

My son needs iron supplements, how can I prevent his teeth getting iron stains?

Baking soda helps: Iron stains on the teeth are just on the surface. Cleaning the teeth with a little baking soda on a toothbrush or piece of gauze each evening will help remove any existing stains and prevent them from accumulating. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son needs iron supplements, how can I prevent his teeth from rotting?

What do you suggest if my son needs iron supplements, how can I prevent his teeth from rotting?

Iron doesn't rot: See Dentist for exam, cleaning, and to fix any damaged teeth. Ask Dentist for individualized Oral Hygiene program. Have ck-ups at least 2x/yr. Avoid sugars, starches, acids. Consider a fluoride mouthwash. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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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 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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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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What kind of iron supplements should a baby be taking?

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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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I started taking iron supplements and I have gotten my period a week early. Is this normal?

I started taking iron supplements and I have gotten my period a week early. Is this normal?

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

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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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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

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Can taking iron supplements and eating foods rich in iron promote the bacterial growth that can lead to prostatitis?

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

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Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?

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

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Been taking iron supplements for 8 weeks now and iron is not increasing but decreasing. What could be wrong. Seeing a hematologist soon. Cancer?

Not necessarily: Many things can be going on but in someone so young, cancer would not be on top of my list. That said, it is wise to see a hematologist/oncologist so don't miss the appointment. Best to you. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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