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Iron overdose. How many milligrams at one time does it take?

Iron overdose. How many milligrams at one time does it take?

Iron dosing: It is important to pay attention to what is called "elemental iron". This dosage is usually written in small print at the bottom of the bottle of iron tablets. A typical iron tablet should have 45-60 mg of elemental iron. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an iron overdose?

What are the symptoms of an iron overdose?

Can be fatal: The clinical features of iron overdose are comprised of five phases that are manifestations of the toxic effects of iron. These phases include gastrointestinal (GI) features (abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, throwing up blood, and black, tarry stools); a latent phase; shock and metabolic acidosis; liver toxicity and liver necrosis; and bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of iron overdose.?

What are some symptoms of iron overdose.?

Hemachromatosis: Iron overload or hemachromatosis hs following symptoms abdominal pain, fatigue, generalised darkening of skin colour, joint pains, lack of energy, loss of body hair, loss of sex desire, weakness. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for iron overdose?

Iron overdose: Acute iron overdoses can be treated with Deferoxamine (desferal) intravenously. Chronic iron overload can be treated with either Desferal or Deferasirox (exjade). ...Read more

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How can I know if I have iron overload/hemochromatosis? What tests should be performed? I hear that there is a DNA genetic test kit for hemochromatosis, is that true?

How can I know if I have iron overload/hemochromatosis? What tests should be performed? I hear that there is a DNA genetic test kit for hemochromatosis, is that true?

Blood tests: Iron and TIBC (total iron binding capacity) can be used to detect iron overload (iron/tibc >45 increases suspicion). Hemochromatosis, one cause for iron overload, can be detected by a gene study. As a general rule, patients with hemochromatosis are referred to gastroenterologist for a liver biopsy, as iron overload can do significant damage to the liver. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be done to treat or prevent iron overload?

Is there anything that can be done to treat or prevent iron overload?

Yes: The most common reason for iron overload is due to chronic transfusion. If the underlying condition improves, iron can be removed by bleeding the patient (phlebotomy). There are also oral medications that chelate (bind and lead to excretion of) iron. Prevention will be dependent on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of iron overdose.?

Hemachromatosis: Iron overload or hemachromatosis hs following symptoms abdominal pain, fatigue, generalised darkening of skin colour, joint pains, lack of energy, loss of body hair, loss of sex desire, weakness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an iron overdose?

Can be fatal: The clinical features of iron overdose are comprised of five phases that are manifestations of the toxic effects of iron. These phases include gastrointestinal (GI) features (abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, throwing up blood, and black, tarry stools); a latent phase; shock and metabolic acidosis; liver toxicity and liver necrosis; and bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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To much iron overdose from using wrought iron skillets?

No: Not likely. Have your hfe gene tested. Single mutation causes elevated iron. 2 mutations means disease (hemochomatosis). ...Read more

Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more