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Have bad anemia. Tests show I can't absorb iron from food or pills. Are their liquid iron supplements & do you think they'd help?

Have bad anemia. Tests show I can't absorb iron from food or pills. Are their liquid iron supplements & do you think they'd help?

Liquid won't help: If you're not absorbing from food or pills, I don't think that liquid form will help. Most likely you will need to get a shot of iron to absorb it. Check with your physician. It seems you are getting IV iron- that is another method to absorb iron. Have your doctor also look into why your iron is so low. ...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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Been taking iron supplements for 5 weeks, Hb increased from 9.8 to 11.7. Blood tests came back fine except RDW (27.8)being high. Should I discontinue?

Been taking iron supplements for 5 weeks, Hb increased from 9.8 to 11.7. Blood tests came back fine except RDW (27.8)being high. Should I discontinue?

Probably. Best also: Check serum Fe+2, Total Iron Binding Capacity & Ferritin as indicators of degree of adequacy of iron replacement. While too much iron over time is toxic, you also want enough intake to replace iron in RBCs lost via bleeding. Normally iron in RBCs is recycled back to bone marrow; can't do this if RBCs are lost outside body. High RDW expected due to mix of small RBCs (when Fe low) vs. Normal RBCs. ...Read more

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How long after stopping iron supplements can I have an accurate blood test for anemia? Thanks

How long after stopping iron supplements can I have an accurate blood test for anemia? Thanks

Any time: It all depends on the initial plan of care and ideally you want to check with your prescriber about follow up tests. You do not have to be off iron supplements to be rechecked for anemia. Merci beaucoup et a bientot! ...Read more

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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

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Can iron supplements cause migraines?

Maybe anemia: I'm 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 more

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Iron supplements for a toddler's appetite?

Iron supplements for a toddler's appetite?

Only if indicated: A very tiny finger poke can answer whether your child needs extra iron in his or her diet. Too much iron can cause gastric/intestinal irritation, constipation amongst other things. So unless there is an indication for extra iron, it's better to get it through diet - spinach, broccoli, meat, greens. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking iron supplements?

What are the side effects of taking iron supplements?

Mostly GI Distress: Side effects from taking iron supplements are most often diarrhea or constipation and epigastric abdominal discomfort. Taken after a meal, side effects decrease, but there is an increased risk of interaction with other substances. Black stools are not uncommon, but harmless. Liquid form can discolor the teeth and intramuscular injections can be painful and leave a brown discoloration. ...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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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

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