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Is it normal to be having constipation while taking iron tablets?

Is it normal to be having constipation while taking iron tablets?

Could be: Constipation can be a side effect of taking iron supplements. To combat this, drink plenty of fluids during the day and increase your fresh fruit and vegetable intake. Staying hydrated and increasing the fiber in your diet usually helps. Daily exercise can help too. If you are still having trouble with constipation, see your doctor for other treatments that may be needed. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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How can I prevent constipation while taking estroven? Can i take it every other day?

How can I prevent constipation while taking estroven? Can i take it every other day?

Constipation can be…: Caused by many meds. Ways to prevent it: get plenty of fiber in diet (fruits/veggies/whole grains) along with plenty of fluids (water best; avoid caffeine as it can lead to increased urination); fiber supplements help, too, but water is needed; otherwise fiber supplements can constipate. Stool softeners r also beneficial. Avoid laxatives as body becomes dependent on them. Keep taking med as rx'd. ...Read more

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Anemic and taking OTC 325mg Iron. Is there any way to tell if my iron level is up before next exam? Does constipation mean it is working? yes or no???

Anemic and taking OTC 325mg Iron. Is there any way to tell if my iron level is up before next exam? Does constipation mean it is working? yes or no???

How do you FEEL?: If your anemia is caused by iron deficiency, this WILL help. If not, it will not help. Iron turns everybody's stool black and upsets the gut some; constipation is common. If you are iron deficient, you need to find out why -- heavy monthly loss, ill-advised vegetarianism, bleeding stomach ulcer, hookworm, tumor. Glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health. ...Read more

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How can I prevent constipation?

How can I prevent constipation?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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How do you prevent constipation?

How do you prevent constipation?

Avoid certain foods: There are certain foods that have a tendency to cause constipation. Dairy products and cheeses to name a few. Increasing fluid in the diet, increasing the amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, and roughage in the diet all help. It can be done without medications or laxatives. ...Read more

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What causess constipation and how can prevent it?

What causess constipation and how can prevent it?

Fluid and fiber: Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. Fiber can also be added to a glass of water. If this does not work see a GI specialist, there may be another cause of your issu. ...Read more

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What casues constipation and how can I prevent it?

What casues constipation and how can I prevent it?

Fluid and fiber: Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. Fiber can also be added to a glass of water. If this does not work see a GI specialist, there may be another cause of your issu. ...Read more

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Can cinnamon help prevent constipation?

Can cinnamon help prevent constipation?

Doubtful: High fiber diet and plenty of fluids ( 80-100 ounces per day) avoiding caffeinated and alcoholic fluids, along with exercise can prevent constipation. ...Read more

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Why does excess iron cause constipation?

Why does excess iron cause constipation?

SLOWING DOWN BOWELS: Iron slows down digestive system.Slow release iron is slowly absorbed and less constipating. Fast absorbing iron supplement causes more constipation but quickly absorbed. ...Read more

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How can dietary fibre prevent constipation?

How can  dietary fibre prevent constipation?

Fiber helps to: Regulate the bowel movements and helps in both constipation and diarrhea. It works by pulling water out of colon to make stool more softer, and give em more bulk. If there is too much water in the stool fiber in the colon will absorb it and make the stool more formed. ...Read more

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How to prevent infants from having constipation?

How to prevent infants from having constipation?

Constipation w infan: Infants like adults sometimes need help to go but if they feed regularly and drink extra water the incidence should be monomial so if you are worried just give your infant 4 oz of nursery water a day in addition to milk. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to prevent constipation in children?

What's the most effective way to prevent constipation in children?

Water: Ensure they are taking plenty of fluids, fresh vegetables, fruits, and fiber in the form of cereals and multigrain breads. A good rule of thumb is one ounce of water for every pound of body weight every day. ...Read more

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Prunes relieve constipation, but can you use prunes daily as a way to PREVENT constipation?

Prunes relieve constipation, but can you use prunes daily as a way to PREVENT constipation?

Yes you can: Eating prunes or drinking prune juice daily can help to keep stools soft. You can also help prevent constipation by eating a diet high in fiber and drink plenty of fluids ...Read more

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Do you think I should eat and what foods do you think I should stay away from in order to prevent constipation?

See below: Increase fluid intake (drink more water) and eat foods high in fiber such as fruit (i.e., raspberries, apples), bran, whole grains, vegetables (i.e., broccoli, beans, peas). Avoid or decrease intake of dairy (i.e., cheese, ice cream), fast food, or processed foods. Physical activity is also recommended to improve symptoms. The NIH website on constipation has some very useful information too! ...Read more

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Does low iron mean constipation?

Does low iron mean constipation?

Possible: For example, an advanced colon cancer could lead to constipation and blood loss. More likely that the iron therapy to treat the anemia is leading to constipation. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent constipation?

What can I do to prevent constipation?

Fiber is good but: If you are not drinking enough fluid it can lead to constipation. Remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation. Generally i recommend 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids every day. It will take 10-14 days of this regimen to see improvement. If not better need to have a GI workup for other causes of constipation. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food will prevent constipation?

Please suggest what food will prevent constipation?

Any fluids: That are caffeine free and alcohol free; 80-100 ounces per day. High fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and salads. But be sure to be drinking the fluids. Absolutely more important for constipation than the diet. ...Read more

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