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Iron Sulfate Vs Ferrous Fumarate
Which is better for anemia? Ferrous sulfate or ferrous fumarate? I have low iron, ferrous sulfate hurts my stomach. Was wondering about fumarate.
I've just started ferrous fumarate as sulphate didn't suit me. I'm feeling quite poorly, my iron stores are 4 is that low?
It should help: The ferrous form of iron is usually the best absorbed. Some people tolerate ferrous fumarate or gluconate better than ferrous sulfate. GI side effects are usually the problem. I presume your ferritin level is 4 ng/ml, which is low suggesting iron deficiency and is the likely cause of feeling poorly. Hopefully you can tolerate the ferrous fumarate and resupply your body's iron. ...Read more
Can I take 4 tabs or iron a day instead of 3 as I have very low iron stores (ferritin 7)? I use 325 mg of ferrous fumarate.
I take ferrous fumarate 300 (100) mg since 23 sept. 2013 once a day and I still feel fatigue. My blood iron level is 13. (12-300) what should I do?
More iron: If another blood test called iron binding capacity is elevated, this would confirm that your body's iron level is deficient (most likely from menstrual blood loss) and that 1 iron tablet a day is not a high enough dose. Only a small percentage of an iron pill is absorbed and in true iron deficiency up to 3 doses a day are commonly needed to raise the blood level of iron. Your md will advise you. ...Read more
Ferritin, rbc, haematocrit, globin all normal but low serum iron, gp gave me ferrous fumarate, but im not anaemic?
More info needed!: Low iron level by itself does not always indicate iron deficiency. To interpret the results, we interpret it in conjunction with ferritin, TIBC and iron saturation. Low iron level can some times be seen if you have an inflammatory / infectious condition at the time of blood draw. It is very unusual to have iron deficiency in a young man as it is usually seen in young females due to menstruation. ...Read more
My ferritin level is 19. Is 150 mg iron polysaccharide (feramax supplement) + 35 mg ferrous fumarate (pre natal vits) safe daily iron dose for female?
Yes: You are deficient in iron and taking iron supplement in the form of prenatal vitamins is good. ...Read more
I've been diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia, my doctor prescribed ferrous fumarate 210mg 2x a day for 28 days, will I need follow up test?
Yes: Have it rechecked in 8 weeks to see how much more you need. ...Read more
I've been taking Ferrous Sulfate Can I switch it to Ferrous Fumarate? Pharmacist told me it alright to take Fumarate as it almost same.
Docs preference: Assuming they are treating low Fe, and are following your response, is what most matters. ...Read more
Isit rare for someone to be allergic to ferrous Fumarate? I need to take them but I am frightened
Reassurance: You can take ferrous glauconite if you really!!! Need this at your age and enjoy your life. ...Read more
Prescribed 210mg of Ferrous Fumarate. 1 3 times a day because my hemoglobin is 10, is this fine or to much?
Good dose of iron:
This is a good dose for getting maximum benefit. It is essential that your body is low in Iron as shown on blood testing for Iron stores. Once your Hemoglobin (Hb) goes up, the dose of Iron pills can be reduced to 1 tab twice a day. But either dose is fine.
Send us your CBC results as we want to know what your MCV result is besides having a low Hb. ...Read more
Feritin is 21 should I be taking 300mg of ferrous fumarate a day as my doctor prescribed me? Or is this to much?
Questions: How much oral iron can you take without getting sick from it? Has a cause of iron deficiency (heavy monthly loss, vegetarianism) been identified? These are the real questions to ask. Best wishes. ...Read more
Oral iron ; embryo: An oral dose of iron will not hurt the blastocyst before implantation. ...Read more
My hemoglobin is 10 doctors want me to take 210mg 1 ferrous Fumarate 3 times a day. Is this okay or is this to much?
Iron: That's a good doseGet a more detailed answer ›
No...: You should definitely consult your doctor and make sure that you have low iron stores in your body. If you have normal iron levels and you take too much iron it can accumulate in your liver and cause damage to it. Make sure you get seen by your doctor and have blood work done in order to find out if you need supplement if you are iron deficient. ...Read more
Isit rare to be allergic to ferrous Fumarate? I have to take them for low hemoglobin. I have no known allergies
Rare: But if you're still suspicious, take the first dose in the doctor's office or an ER waiting area, wait for an hour after, if everything is fine and no reaction, just move on, if any problem, then you are in the very place you want to be in this case. Severe reactions, if you're truly allergic, would appear in the first hour after exposure, good luck ...Read more
I've been prescribed Ferrous Fumarate for low hemoglobin. Is this medication unlikely to give me a allergic reaction, I'm not allergic to anything?
Very doubtful: Low, minimal incidence of side effects with this medication. ...Read more
I take ferrous fumarate 300 (100)mg everday, once a day, since sep 23, 2013. I have brittle hair and want to take biotin (35mcg). Will this clash?
Do not take biotin: There is no evidence that biotin in will help your hair. ...Read more
Ferrous fumarate 210mg x3 daily how spread out should they be taken and how long between taking thyroid, ppis, calcium and mag should I give? Awkward!
I keep having hot flushes while on Ferrous Fumarate. I have heard this is not normal. Should I speak to my doctor about it?
Talk to your doctor: About switching to a different form of iron. Or see if you can stop it for a few days. ...Read more
How many hours after taking rabeprazole (PPI) or cimetidine do I have to wait to take ferrous fumarate for best absorption?
Many hours: I think it will work better for you to take the iron supplement 30-60 minutes prior to taking any PPI which may suppress acid production for more than 10 hours. ...Read more
Took ferrous fumarate 325 mg, felt constipated, now stopped since 1wk but feels sore in the abdomen. Feel like having emptied enough. Is it normal?
I used to take ferrous sulfate for my iron and hemoglobin., pharmacy run out it, I took fumarate, is there bad effect on me of it, 2tbt (400mg) a day?
Taking 150mg venlafaxine (depression) and 600mg ferrous fumarate (anaemic), just found out I'm pregnant. Is it safe to keep taking meds? Many thanks
Yes: There is no evidence that this drug, either drug definitively causes problems with an unborn fetus. You are safe. ...Read more
Which is better for chronic anemia 1) ferrous gloconate 2) ferrous fumarate As a supplements for iron deficiency?
Determine the cause: Chronic anemia does not equate to iron deficiency anemia. If you have been found to have iron deficiency anemia, however, there is no real superior supplement. They can be tolerated differently in different people. The most important thing is that you find one that does not bother your stomach, so that you can take it as recommended. ...Read more
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