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Iron Infusion Vs Iron Supplements
I have very low iron my doctor did give me iron supplements but my #'s weren't really going up so I started iron infusion. ?
On the right track: We detect, confirm and follow iron deficiency anemia by Ferritin levels. Your doctor will do that for you. Most importantly why are you iron-deficient? Are you losing blood? from where? Is it from the gastrointestinal tract or during menstruation? Thank you for asking. ...Read more
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 am very anemic due to my Crohn's disease. Supplements are not working. Is it possible to get an iron infusion? What is it like?
Last year my iron level was a 7 and i i was advised to take iron supplements as soon as possible it s been a year now should I go and get myself tested again ?
No: Iron supplements do not make a person fat. However, if a person takes iron pills with a big glass of orange juice, whole milk, or a smoothie, then "taking iron pills" could make him fatter. Some people get constipated when taking iron pills. Constipation can make one look fatter due to the extra poop staying in the abdomen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe anemia: Im not aware of iron causing migraines however there is an association between migraines and anemia. We often see women your age with heavy periods often from uterine fibroids which can commonly cause migraines. The anemia is often first treated medically with iron supplements. Do you have heavy periods? Change pads more frequently than every 3 hours? Are your migraines worse with your menstrual? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only if indicated: A very tiny finger poke can answer whether your child needs extra iron in his or her diet. Too much iron can cause gastric/intestinal irritation, constipation amongst other things. So unless there is an indication for extra iron, it's better to get it through diet - spinach, broccoli, meat, greens. ...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
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
Not the supplement: Iron supplements would not make you feel tired. The reason you are taking the supplements, anemia, is a more likely cause of tiredness. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...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
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A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more