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Iron Supplements That Do Not Cause Constipation
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 using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress,not absorbing frm food?
Why 4 years?: Iron deficiency from 3 causes: low intake, increased loss, e.g. menstrual loss, pregnancy ("lost" to fetus), urinary or gut bleeding, e.g. ulcers, polyps, tumors, poor absorption, e.g. stomach and/or bowel disease due to celiac sprue (gluten induced inflammation), inflammatory bowel disease. See MD ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Maybe anemia: Im not aware of iron causing migraines however there is an association between migraines and anemia. We often see women your age with heavy periods often from uterine fibroids which can commonly cause migraines. The anemia is often first treated medically with iron supplements. Do you have heavy periods? Change pads more frequently than every 3 hours? Are your migraines worse with your menstrual? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Keep up supplements: If you are still menstruating, that could be a plausible explanation. Other likely cause could be bleeding in the intestine. If bleeding in the intestine has been excluded, then malabsoroption like Celiac disease needs to be investigated. However, do continue taking iron. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Can different brands of iron supplements cause different reactions/symptoms? Even if they are the same dosage?
Yes: Different formulations can have different effects. See this site for info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/iron-supplement-oral-route-parenteral-route/description/DRG-20070148 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Can iron supplements cause black lines on teeth? Today I noticed jagged line on front tooth I have never seen before and I look every day
Taking iron supplements, my ferritin is very low (5), my tranferrin and iron are normal. My TIBC and % transferrin saturation are high. Cause?
Partially treated: Ferritin reflects body storage iron, while serum iron and transferrin saturation reflect current iron circulating in plasma. When you take oral iron supplement, the amount of iron in circulation (absorbed from gut on its way to storage sites) is transiently high. Your data suggest you have iron deficiency, partially treated, with blood tests taken within a day or two of your most recent iron pill. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes my high blood iron levels?I'm slightly above the upper limit of normal.Eat next to no meat.No iron supplements.Female.Was anemic years ago
Yes, possibly: There may be taste changes with taking iron supplements... Are you taking them just as a supplement ? Or in treatment of a true iron deficiency. If you are getting too much iron - side effects may be worse.. Check with your md before taking too much iron. The other main side effect of iron supplementation is constipation - very important to take with at least 60-80 oz water a day and fiber! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are treatments for idiopathic anemia sideroblastica when iron supplements do not work?Still no cause found but possible absorption problem.Thanks
Transfusion?: In sideroblastic anemia, the body has iron available but can not incorporate it into hemoglobin which is needed to transport oxygen. It can be genetic (likely not in your case), acquired as a type of myelodysplastic syndrome, or the result of alcohol overuse, pyridoxine/B6 deficiency, lead poisoning, etc. Transfusion may be necessary; high dose B6 may be tried. Severe: bone marrow transplant. ...Read more
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