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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?

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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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


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How fast do ferritin levels fall after iron infusions for anemia? Ferritin went up to 222 after iron, but 7 weeks later was at 99. Is this typical?

How fast do ferritin levels fall after iron infusions for anemia?  Ferritin went up to 222 after iron, but 7 weeks later was at 99. Is this typical?

Probably: Iron is being utilized in the manufacture of hemoglobin and redistribution of iron in the body may explain the fall. Your ferritin is still in the normal range. You may consult this site for info: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003490.htm 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. ...Read more

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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?

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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I have iron deficiency anemia, got infusions, raised ferritin levels, but it recently dropped from 140 to 36 again. I eat plenty of iron, celiac neg.

 I have iron deficiency anemia, got infusions, raised ferritin levels, but it recently dropped from 140 to 36 again. I eat plenty of iron, celiac neg.

Menstrual flow: If you have prolonged or excessive menstrual flow, you may discuss with your OB re. BCP to reduce the frequency of your menses. Iron in vegetable, no matter how high the content, may not be absorbed and thus if you were a vegan, you may need to take iron supplement. If you were older, I would consider GI cancer. ...Read more

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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.

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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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What are the side-effects of IV iron? Will I have to get a port for infusions or will they use a regular IV? I'm getting them 1x/week for 8 weeks.

What are the side-effects of IV iron? Will I have to get a port for infusions or will they use a regular IV? I'm getting them 1x/week for 8 weeks.

IV iron: Studies show IV iron can cause bloating or swelling of the face arms legs, blurred vision, chest pain, shortness of breath, chest pain, and several other side effects. IV iron is needed in the setting of anemia and a peripheral IV can be started weekly. The side effects can be watched for and are not guaranteed to happen. If indicated the benefits outweigh the risks. Focus on benefits. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is anemia and pneumonia and their side effects?

Both could lead to: Shortness of breath. Pneumonia would also produce fever and sputum which would likely be purulent. ...Read more

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What is anemia and thrombocytopenia and the side effects?

What is anemia and thrombocytopenia and the side effects?

Fatigue/bleeding: Anemia is low red blood cells. These cells give energy. Common symptoms when they are low are fatigue, headache, malaise. Thrombocytopenia is low platelets. This cells are important in clotting. Symptoms when platelets are low include nosebleeds, gum bleeding, heavy periods. Of course the symptoms may vary depending on what causes these cells to be low. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of anemia?

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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I'd like for me to be injected by woman nurse. Which of B6 or B12 has the least side effects for injecting regularly? I don't have anemia. my HB is hi

I'd like for me to be injected by woman nurse. Which of B6 or B12 has the least side effects for injecting regularly? I don't have anemia. my HB is hi

R U looking for...: ... a date with this nurse, or do you believe there is some medical benefit to be gained by undergoing seemingly needless shots? No treatment, no matter how innocuous, is risk-free. Please re-think this strategy. ...Read more

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My mom is 51 has factor 5, varicose veins and anemia as well as hormonal imbalance. Can she take GABA supplement? And what are the side effects?

My mom is 51 has factor 5, varicose veins and anemia as well as hormonal imbalance. Can she take GABA supplement? And what are the side effects?

GABA supplement?: I don't know what "gaba supplement" is. And no one likely does -- that is it isn't regulated so it can be anything. I would not suggest putting things in your mouth that you don't know the composition of. If you look at my background you'll see i've published on the gaba receptor. Alcohol and anti-anxiety drugs effect it amonst other substances. Recseeing a physician to deal the problem list. ...Read more

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Why should you take a multiviatmin without iron if you have anemia?

If the anemia: Is due to iron deficiency----O.K. If it is due to another cause it is not. Iron is potentially harmful and should be under doctor advice. ...Read more

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Can iron help reduce normochromic anemia?

Can iron help reduce normochromic anemia?

IDA and Fe: Iron can help improve iron deficiency anemia (ida). Usually ida is associated with red blood cells (rbcs) that are hypochromic (=pale), microcytic (small cells). However, anemia may be mutifactorial (many causes) and may result in a lab value of normocytic (normal sized) rbcs. A peripheral blood smear and iron studies (ferritin, etc) will help evaluate. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for anemia besides iron?

What are the treatments for anemia besides iron?

Must treat the cause: There are several causes of anemia: iron deficiency, b12/folate deficiency, chronic kidney disease, chronic diseases such as rheumatoid/lupus, bone marrow disease/cancers, or due to acute blood loss (if severe, need transfusion)--thus need to treat the specific cause of anemia. At times, anemia is not treatable and needs periodic transfusion. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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