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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Yes: You should definitely continue to take iron supplements while breastfeeding. Breast milk has tremendous nutritional and immunologic value for infants, but the iron content may be insufficient as the infant grows. To make sure that both your baby and you have adequate iron for health blood production, you should typically continue your prenatal vitamins while lactating. ...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 taking iron supplements with a prenatal everyday can I also take calcium with vitamin D? Currently breastfeeding my 5 week old daughter

I am taking iron supplements with a prenatal everyday can I also take calcium with vitamin D? Currently breastfeeding my 5 week old daughter

Baby needs vitamin D: Your infant needs 400 IU vitamin D daily as a supplement as she is breastfeeding. You have adequate vitamin and mineral intake if you are still taking your prenatals. Additional calcium and vitamin D for you is not necessary. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause metallic taste in mouth?

Do iron supplements cause metallic taste in mouth?

Yes, possibly: There may be taste changes with taking iron supplements... Are you taking them just as a supplement? Or in treatment of a true iron deficiency. If you are getting too much iron - side effects may be worse. Check with your md before taking too much iron. The other main side effect of iron supplementation is constipation - very important to take with at least 60-80 oz water a day and fiber! ...Read more

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What are treatments for idiopathic anemia sideroblastica when iron supplements do not work? Still no cause found but possible absorption problem. Thanks

What are treatments for idiopathic anemia sideroblastica when iron supplements do not work? Still no cause found but possible absorption problem. Thanks

Transfusion?: In sideroblastic anemia, the body has iron available but can not incorporate it into hemoglobin which is needed to transport oxygen. It can be genetic (likely not in your case), acquired as a type of myelodysplastic syndrome, or the result of alcohol overuse, pyridoxine/B6 deficiency, lead poisoning, etc. Transfusion may be necessary; high dose B6 may be tried. Severe: bone marrow transplant. ...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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Can iron supplements cause skin darkening?

Can iron supplements cause skin darkening?

Possibly: Oral iron supplements do not cause skin color changes. Iron injections into muscle or skin can result is iron deposits in the skin causing color change locally at the site of injection. If your skin is changing color all over, however, and you are iron deficient, you should be seeing your doctor since some rare skin changes like color change are a distant manifestation rarely of a hidden cancer. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Do iron supplements cause constipation in infants?

Sometimes: When a child's anemia reaches levels where therapeutic iron is needed, cramps & constipation are seen occasionally. Full srength juices will sometimes counter the effect. It is not seen from the iron content of regular formulas. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause tooth decay?

Do iron supplements cause tooth decay?

Not normally but...: I would think that not in normal circumstances, but I would research and also see a dentist. If you are getting a lot of cavities, you may have other causes. ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause black tarry stools?

Do iron supplements cause black tarry stools?

Usually: You shoud check with an md, because it could be something serious, but yes, it can be from iron. ...Read more

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If my baby has anemia, is it safe to give him iron supplements?

If my baby has anemia, is it safe to give him iron supplements?

No: If your doctor tells you that your baby is anemic, she will discuss with you the type of anemia and its cause. She will explain that sometimes iron is an appropriate therapy, sometimes other medicines will be better. In fact, sometimes iron is a bad treatment, depending on the cause of the anemia. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements cause migraines?

Maybe anemia: I'm 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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What if an anemic child won't respond to iron supplements?

What if an anemic child won't respond to iron supplements?

Other cause: If a child is anemic iron deficiency is the most common but should respond to iron. There are other causes other than iron deficiency. Ask your pediatrician. Further testing may need to be done to find out ...Read more

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Can iron supplements cause black lines on teeth? Today I noticed jagged line on front tooth I have never seen before and I look every day

Can iron supplements cause black lines on teeth? Today I noticed jagged line on front tooth I have never seen before and I look every day

Definitely yes,: Iron supplement tend to stain the teeth. This very common side effect, but the good news, this stain can be professionally removed during your next dental cleaning. Take care. ...Read more

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Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?

Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?

Partially treated: Ferritin reflects body storage iron, while serum iron and transferrin saturation reflect current iron circulating in plasma. When you take oral iron supplement, the amount of iron in circulation (absorbed from gut on its way to storage sites) is transiently high. Your data suggest you have iron deficiency, partially treated, with blood tests taken within a day or two of your most recent iron pill. ...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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Iron supplements for over a year. If I stop, my iron levels drop. Can't find cause. Help?

Iron supplements for over a year. If I stop, my iron levels drop. Can't find cause. Help?

Keep up supplements: If you are still menstruating, that could be a plausible explanation. Other likely cause could be bleeding in the intestine. If bleeding in the intestine has been excluded, then malabsoroption like Celiac disease needs to be investigated. However, do continue taking iron.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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.
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Can different brands of iron supplements cause different reactions/symptoms? Even if they are the same dosage?

Yes: Different formulations can have different effects. See this site for info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/drugs-supplements/iron-supplement-oral-route-parenteral-route/description/DRG-20070148
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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.
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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. 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


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more