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Should iron supplements be stopped while on coumadin (warfarin)?

Should iron supplements be stopped while on coumadin (warfarin)?

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

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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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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?

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 not 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

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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?

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

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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 turn your pee green?

Can iron supplements turn your pee green?

Urine Color: Depending on the dye used in your particular supplement it certainly could cause your urine to be green. ...Read more

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Could iron supplements give you depression?

Could iron supplements give you depression?

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

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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

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Can I treat depression with OTC iron supplements?

Can I treat depression with OTC iron supplements?

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. Dont forget to increase fiber or add colace (docusate sodium). CONSTIPATION! And if u want to hurt yrself get help now. ...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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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


Warfarin (Definition)

Warfarin is a medication used to thin the blood and to prevent or treat people with blood clots. It requires frequent blood ...Read more