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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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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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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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Can iron supplements help with translucent skin?

Can iron supplements help with translucent skin?

Not so much: While any form of anemia can be associated with pallor or poor skin color, if a person is fair complected iron won't change that. ...Read more

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Can you still be anemic while on iron supplements?

Can you still be anemic while on iron supplements?

Yes.: Assuming that this is iron deficiency, a failure of the anemia to respond to iron can be related to a few things. 1) another cause for anemia, 2) ongoing bleeding (gi bleeding, period bleeding, etc), 3) not taking enough iron for a long enough time. It takes a while to correct the iron deficiency. This should be followed closely by your health care provider. ...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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Is it safe to take iron supplements bought over the counter?

Yes: My worries are: 1) why do you need extra iron at all? What's the reason?
2) over the counter iron tablets contain very little absorbable iron. More effective are prescription iron pills which often contain 10x the amount of iron per pill. Sometimes even the prescription pills are not adequate and iron needs to be given intravenously. ...Read more

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How shall an anemic feel if they forget to take iron supplements?

How shall an anemic feel if they forget to take iron supplements?

How long: If they miss a day or two nothing. If they stop all together they will lower their blood hemoglobin levels and begin to feel weak again. Iron only helps so much, if you have anemia you should get a real work up as to why ...Read more

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Is it ok to take iron supplements daily even if you are not anemic?

Possibly.: It is reasonable for a menatruating woman to take iron, usually an iron containing multi-vitamin. Higher dose iron should be for those are known to be deficient, are bleeding or maybe pregnant. Iron is a problem though for people with genetic diseases like hemochromatosis, chronic hepatitis and various blood diseases associated with anemia (not iron difficiency). ...Read more

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Why can't iron supplements be takened when taking prevacid (lansoprazole)?

Why can't iron supplements be takened when taking prevacid (lansoprazole)?

Iron is best: Absorbed on an empty and acid stomach. Prevacid (lansoprazole) markedly reduces stomach acid. ...Read more

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Slow fe supplements and slow release iron supplements of cvs pharmacy are same?

Iron supplements: These are very similar, but may have dose differences or type of iron used differences. ...Read more

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My iron serum is 223 saturation 65 ferr.14. how can I treat? Was on iron supplements.

My iron serum is 223 saturation 65 ferr.14. how can I treat? Was on iron supplements.

Oral iron: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, there seems to be a disconnect between serum iron and ferritin levels. If you are not anemic, continue taking iron supplement and repeat the test in 6-12 months. ...Read more

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Does taking iron supplements or eating foods rich in iron promote rise in hgb level best?

Iron deficiency: One can increase the iron level in your body much more quickly with iron supplements than with any type of food. ...Read more

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My ferritin is low, 15 ng/ml. Should I take iron supplements? How much, how often, and what type?

Find cause: Iron deficiency in a man is stomach or colon cancer, or a stomach ulcer, until proven otherwise. You may also have low iron from chronic inflammation from your psoriatic arthritis. It's actually even more complicated. ...Read more

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How long after taking iron supplements for 5 months then stopping will poo return to normal colour?

How long after taking iron supplements for 5 months then stopping will poo return to normal colour?

Soon after u stop: Your feces the next day after you stop your iron tablet the black tarry stool will start to fade away and back o normal color of feces. ...Read more

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Why should senior citizens not use iron supplements? I have an elderly neighbor I care for wondering.

Well think of this: I don't think it's so much a LAW they NOT use iron. But personally, I don't see where it does that much good. In many cases very intrusive constipation occurs. The measurable benefits are minimal overall because it's so overused. First, we need a good diagnosis of iron deficiency that we really believe will respond to iron replacement as opposed to some other deficiency that needs fixing first. ...Read more

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Ferritin level came back 23 ug/l. Reference range says 10-291 ug/l. Should I take some iron supplements?

Iron: You are at child bearing age- I would recommend you to take prenatal multivitamin with iron in it. If you have heavy periods and your hemoglobin is boderline - I would suggest you to take iron tablet once a day as well. But for sure, you should discuss this with your pmd. ...Read more

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How long will it take for iron levels to reach 12 range if taking iron supplements and Vit. C daily for over a week? Iron was at 9.6 three weeks ago.

How long will it take for iron levels to reach 12 range if taking iron supplements and Vit. C daily for over a week? Iron was at 9.6 three weeks ago.

Long term Rx: You need to take iron for at least 6 months to replenish you iron stores. 12 is not high enough to be normal. Do not worry about repeating the test before 6 months.
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. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
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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

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. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more