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Iron Supplements Rash
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
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
Last year my iron level was a 7 and I I was advised to take iron supplements as soon as possible it s been a year now should I go and get myself tested again?
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
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
Yes you can: Yes you can take them together.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Iron supplements: These are very similar, but may have dose differences or type of iron used differences. ...Read more
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
What was your Hb: What was your hb to start with. ...Read more
My ferritin is low, 15 ng/ml. Should I take iron supplements? How much, how often, and what type?
How long after taking iron supplements for 5 months then stopping will poo return to normal colour?
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
Ferritin level came back 23 ug/l. Reference range says 10-291 ug/l. Should I take some iron supplements?
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.
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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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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