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Can iron supplements make you fat?

Can iron supplements make you fat?

No: Iron supplements do not make a person fat. However, if a person takes iron pills with a big glass of orange juice, whole milk, or a smoothie, then "taking iron pills" could make him fatter. Some people get constipated when taking iron pills. Constipation can make one look fatter due to the extra poop staying in the abdomen. ...Read more

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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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Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Yes: but may wish to do in morning when up and about and eating since the pills can be irritating ...Read more

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What food goes good with iron supplements ?

What food  goes good with iron supplements ?

Not cereal / milk: They can block absorption. How about fruits / vegetables / bread / protein? ...Read more

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How do I go about getting iron supplements ?

Pharmacist or MD: Many over the counter iron supplements are available. However, you may wish (and I would recommend) to see your physician to get a recommendation for a regimen to take that is personalized for you based on your total iron stores, hemoglobin level, heaviness of your periods, etc. ...Read more

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Opinions on what's a good brand of iron supplements?

See below: Iron sulfate and iron fumerate are the more commonly prescribed iron pills. The fumerate compounds are more easily absorbed and are more easy on the GI tract. ...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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What are some good quality iron supplements available?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Do i need to consult a dr before taking iron supplements?

Why are you taking?: Yes, esp. If you are a man! it is generally unwise for men and post-menopausal women to take iron as you get adequate levels from diet. Iron is a pro-oxidant and if you aren't deficient appears to increase risk of heart disease and cancer. Men who lower iron load by donating blood have up to 88% less risk of heart attacks! see http://www.Anh-usa.Org/reduce-your-heart-risk/. ...Read more

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What is the highest dose of iron supplements you can take?

What is the highest dose of iron supplements you can take?

Depends: Orally it is much as a person can tolerate, usually the pill size is 65 mg. Intravenously a much larger dose can be given at one sitting. You may consult this site for info: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/ If you need supplemental iron you may also try iron rich foods: http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1 ...Read more

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Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements at the same time?

That depends: What is the reason you are taking the iron supplement, if you are documented iron deficient, then taking two doses at the same time, may make you more constipated, but is not likely to be harmful. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food should I take with iron supplements?

Please suggest what food should I take with iron supplements?

Ascorbic acid: Vit c (ascorbic acid) increases the absorption of hard-to-absorb iron supplements by about 9%. You can use any food or supplement source, like oj or a pill. ...Read more

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Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Yes: The most common side effect is constipation. Stool softeners available over the counter are effective in softening the stool. If you have an upset stomach, there are iron supplements which dissolve slowly in the proper part of the gut and are more tolerable. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

Food: For a list of iron rich foods, consult this site: http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1 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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Would it be safe to take 1, 170 mg of slow release iron supplements at once?

Sort of but...: That dose is not toxic, so in that sense it's safe, but iron supps are known to cause stomach upset and constipation & such a high dose may well cause those side effects, so i advise against taking so much at once! ...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


Iron (Definition)

In the metal group ...Read more