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Doctor insights on: Iron Infusion Vs Iron Supplements

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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. ?

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

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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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?

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?

Yes: Hemotolgy doctors will do intravenous iron infussions in the chemo centers. Just a small needle stick and wait for the medicine to slowly drip in. Will not hurt me a bit. ...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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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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Can iron supplements make you fat?

Can iron supplements make you fat?

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 more

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Can iron supplements cause migraines?

Can iron supplements cause migraines?

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 more

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Can iron supplements make you more tired?

Depends: Some iron supplements can be harsh on your system and encourage free radical oxidative damage. However, this should not really cause noticeable fatigue. Consider looking into other causes as well. ...Read more

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Iron supplements for a toddler's appetite?

Iron supplements for a toddler's appetite?

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

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Will iron supplements cause an appetite increase?

Will iron supplements cause an appetite increase?

Iron supplement: Iron is not known to increase appetite. Instead, it may cause dyspepsia, bloating thereby decreased appetite. Good for you bcoz you will not quit taking it. It can also cause constipation or sometimes diarrhea. ...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 a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

Depends : Have your blood count checked to see if you are anemic. Most vegetarians can get adequate amounts of iron through their diet provided they eat a healthy and varied diet. ...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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How to tell if my iron supplements are making me extremely tired?

How to tell if my iron supplements are making me extremely tired?

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

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Can you tell me are my iron supplements are making me extremely tired?

Can you tell me are my iron supplements are making me extremely tired?

See below: One cause of tiredness is iron deficiency. I do not have information on what else present in that iron supplement. ...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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Can you tell me any good quality efficient iron supplements available in the uk?

See below: Iron (and other trace metals needed for our body) is iron, no matter what kind of fancy wrapping it comes in. Get the cheapest brand (iron fumerate is preferred over iron sulfate). ...Read more

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Can you tell me some good quality efficient iron supplements available in the uk?

Only take: Iron supplementation if you are deficient, otherwise excess iron can be harmful. Check w/your doctor for advice. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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


Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more