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Dr. Randy Baker
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Any side effects to iron supplements? I have anemia & am starting 60mg of a slow release tablet of iron tonight. Anything I should know before taking?

Dr. Randy Baker
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Any side effects to iron supplements? I have anemia & am starting 60mg of a slow release tablet of iron tonight. Anything I should know before taking?

Constipation and...: Iron supplements often cause constipation and will turn your stool black. They can also cause stomach upset and occ. Diarrhea and cramping- these tend to lessen over time. But they are usually well-tolerated. Taking vit. C with them improves absorption. The best-absorbed form of iron is actually iron bis-glycinate so you might want to try that form. ...Read more

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Low Blood Count (Definition)

Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...Read more


Dr. David Hardin
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I am a 38 year old woman with ulcerative colitis and anemia. My hemoglobin is 7.9? Would iron infusions be effective?

Dr. David Hardin
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I am a 38 year old woman with ulcerative colitis and anemia. My hemoglobin is 7.9? Would iron infusions be effective?

Yes....if: If you have iron deficiency anemia it should be effective if you have B12 deficiency anemia(pernicious anemia) it wont be. ...Read more

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
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I have iron deficiency anemia due to surgically-induced malabsorption. I will have my 1st iron infusion Thursday. When can I expect to feel better?

Dr. Jalal Zuberi
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I have iron deficiency anemia due to surgically-induced malabsorption.  I will have my 1st iron infusion Thursday.  When can I expect to feel better?

In a few weeks: "When you should start to feel better depends on your particular situation. Normally, it may take from a week to a month after you start your iron supplement before you start to feel better. Continue to watch your symptoms and take note of side effects that might be caused by the supplements. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your health care provider." ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Cooper
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Dx iron deficient anemia; tx 300mg infusions venofer/mon. Hgb never > 12.3; prior 2 3 cycle, was 11.8; GI series ok; bone marrow biopsy needed. Jw?

Dr. Louis Cooper
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Dx iron deficient anemia; tx 300mg infusions venofer/mon. Hgb never > 12.3; prior 2 3 cycle, was 11.8; GI series ok; bone marrow biopsy needed. Jw?

Not yet: Your doctor should review the iron studies before venofer given--also review of blood film under microscope and hemoglobin electrophoresis; involve an hematologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Will IV iron infusion therapy harm a pregnant woman's baby? What side effects are there?

Dr. Jane van Dis
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Will IV iron infusion therapy harm a pregnant woman's baby? What side effects are there?

No, the opposite: Taking iron while pregnant will not harm the baby. In fact, iron is essential for pregnant women. Women lose on average 500-1000cc of blood during delivery, so it's important for women to build up their iron and their blood count so prevent severe anemia after delivery. But in pregnancy, iron is essential for baby's development. Iv infusion can be essential for those women who need extra. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Wanted to know what are the side effects if any of having a iron transfusion? I was told.I would have to have a iron infusion.

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Wanted to know what are the side effects if any of having a iron transfusion? I was told.I would have to have a iron infusion.

Well tolerated: Not too many side effects in general. Just like any other medicaton, allergic reaction can happen in different manifestations- including hives, skin rashes, increase blood pressure, or decrease blood pressure, shortness of breath, back pain. That is why prior to iron infusion-a test dose will be given to make sure no allergic reaction. Otherwise, it is tolerated well by majority people.Don't worry. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What are the side effects of anemia?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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What are the side effects of anemia?

Many: Feeling tired, exercise intolerance, rapid pulse, high systolic and low diastolic blood pressure, pallor, fatigue, "depression", being called "lazy". The greatest danger is missing a treatable cause, and unless you are very poorly nourished or on a charlatan's diet there's some medical cause for every new anemia. Especially in adults, it's cancer of the stomach or colon until proved otherwise. ...Read more

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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
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I am taking ferro med for anemia. Does it have any side effects?

Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
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I am taking ferro med for anemia. Does it have any side effects?

Constipation: Sometimes severe enough we have to use injections. Make sure you know where the anemia is coming from. ...Read more

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