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Iron Supplements Stopped Coumadin
No: There is no interaction between iron and warfarin. You should only be on iron if you are iron deficient, common causes of iron deficiency are gastrointestinal blood loss from colon polyps, inflammation, tumors or other problems. Warfarin may increase the blood loss from any of these causes. If you are iron deficient, the cause needs to be determined, especially for someone on warfarin. ...Read more
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
I have been cleared of anemia and stopped taking my iron supplements. However I've felt terrible since this. Is it alright to continue taking them?
No, Iron also toxic: In elevated body concentrations, called hemochromatosis; look this up on Google. Additionally there is no such thing as "cleared of anemia". Anemia: just a label for ↓ed red blood cell concentration within the blood, as measured by taking a sample of blood. RBC concentration is determined by ongoing balance between rate of production, rate of RBC death/damage & rate of loss (e.g menses). ...Read more
Serrum ferritin is increasing but at a slow pace after taking iron supplements for 5 monts then why hair fall has started again when it stopped earier?
Cause important: Simple iron deficiency should correct within 3 months of starting replacement. If there is no improvement or a slow response the cause of the iron deficiency matters. If there is ongoing blood loss the improvement will be delayed or absent. How you take iron matters--better absorption on empty stomach but maybe more side effects. Iron malabsorption is a rare possibility. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
BAD Diffuse thinning hair and body for A YEAR. 25 year old female. Iron supplements haven't helped. Only stopped 2 weeks on holiday in Cyprus. Why?
Hair loss: Recommend 2nd opinion with me so you can send pictures and we can figure out is going on. ...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
I haven't seen this: I haven't seen iron supplements directly cause depression. However, I've seen people who are anemic from various causes, be depressed. If the anemia is an iron-deficiency one, replenishing iron (through iron supplements) generally helps. If the person has an iron storage disease of some kind, s/he might feel worse/depressed with iron -- and shouldn't take it anyway. See comment below. ...Read more
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
Not necessarily...: Only if you think your depression is specifically caused by iron deficiency anemia, because that's all you'll be treating. That being said, there are people who need only that, so by all means give it a try. If after 6 weeks of a good dose (at least 2 tabs daily) you still feel blah, see your doc. Don't forget to increase fiber or add colace (docusate sodium). CONSTIPATION! And if u want to hurt yrself get help now. ...Read more
No, it: Shouldn't have any effectGet a more detailed answer ›
DARK STOOLS: Ironsupplements cause change in color of the stools from dark to black in most. . Actually according to universaty of maryland it is a desirable side effect, as it means that the if stool does not turn black in color, that means the iron is not getting absorped. This often happens with coated tablets or supplement intended for long term use. If stool does not turn black ask doctor to change brand. ...Read more
Maybe: Get checked by an md, iron only works for iron defiency, could be other things, and it could be serious. ...Read more
Metal: It's mostly because they contain metal, therefore they have a bad metallic taste. There are some varieties that may taste slightly better, like slow release preparations or children preparations but they usually have a lower absorbtion rate for iron so if you can stick to your pills it's probably better. ...Read more
Prenatal vitamin: You may use any prenatal vitamin that you like. There are many many brands available. You only need an iron supplement if you are anemic. This is usually tested your fist visit. ...Read more
Probably: You are not anemic, but probably are tending toward iron deficiency. Talk to the doc who ordered the tests for guidance on more testing and/or therapy. ...Read more
Iron supplements and vit d, calicum. How does it effect absorption or should it be taken how far spart?
Why taking iron?: Vit d helps calcium absorption so it's fine to take together (though if your blood level's ok it's not necessary). While it's safe to take iron at the same time, minerals can compete for absorption so it might be best to take at a different time than calcium. Vit c improves iron absorption. However, iron is generally not wise to take after menopause unless you are sure you're deficient! See comment:. ...Read more
I Am a 25 yr old female. Is it ok for me to take biotin and iron supplements for fuller, thicker and longer hair?
I have tested low for iron 3 months apart. Do I need to see a doctor before taking iron supplements? What is a safe amount to take?
See your provider: Low hemoglobin (anemia) can be caused by many different reasons. If you truly had an iron test as opposed to cbc (more common) you may need iron, however before starting it is advisable to get other tests done, including TIBC and ferritin. Once it is confirmed it is truly fe deficiency then an appropriate dose will be 325mg iron sulfate 2x per day. Another reason would be find our why you are low. ...Read more
If I taking iron supplements for one year, and missed them for one week, would it show a large discrepancy if I have blood work done?
No: Missing one week of iron, after taking them for a whole year would make very little difference in any lab test. Your body stores the iron, and if you are anemic it takes time for the red blood cells to be produced, so missing just a week will not make a noticeable difference. ...Read more
If a person eats meat every day, about 8-10 oz of steak, but takes no iron supplements, could he end up with hemosiderosis or hemochromatosis?
My ferritin level is very low at 9 and has not changed after 3 months of high dose oral iron supplements. Are iron suppositories more effective?
I was taking iron supplements and my stools were black. They are suddenly back to normal. Does this mean I'm no longer absorbing all of the iron?
No...: Intestinal iron absorption is poor to start with and oral iron supplements commonly discolor the stool black. The color changes of your stool while on oral iron supplements does not correlate with the efficiency of absorption. Your serum iron levels and hemogloblin are the most accurate markers of absorption. ...Read more
Hello! I am a 44year old women who has always been irregular. I have 22-79 days between periods. Is it dangerous to eat iron supplements when I'm late?
Not likely: If you were late due to pregnancy, you would be put on a prenatal vitamin which is iron supplemented. If you mean high-dose iron (325 mg ferrous sulfate equivalent), then that may be even more constipating and your OB may recommend lower dose during pregnancy. If not iron-deficient, may only need low-dose (multivit+iron) level to help w/menstrual bleeding, if at all. ...Read more
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
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