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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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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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Any side effects to iron supplements? I have anemia & am starting 60mg of a slow release tablet of iron tonight. Anything I should know before taking?

Any side effects to iron supplements? I have anemia & am starting 60mg of a slow release tablet of iron tonight. Anything I should know before taking?

Constipation and...: Iron supplements often cause constipation and will turn your stool black. They can also cause stomach upset and occ. Diarrhea and cramping- these tend to lessen over time. But they are usually well-tolerated. Taking vit. C with them improves absorption. The best-absorbed form of iron is actually iron bis-glycinate so you might want to try that form. ...Read more

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What are some good quality iron supplements available?

What are some good quality iron supplements available?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What is the highest dose of iron supplements you can take?

What is the highest dose of iron supplements you can take?

Depends: Orally it is much as a person can tolerate, usually the pill size is 65 mg. Intravenously a much larger dose can be given at one sitting. You may consult this site for info: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/ If you need supplemental iron you may also try iron rich foods: http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1 ...Read more

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Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements at the same time?

That depends: What is the reason you are taking the iron supplement, if you are documented iron deficient, then taking two doses at the same time, may make you more constipated, but is not likely to be harmful. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food should I take with iron supplements?

Please suggest what food should I take with iron supplements?

Ascorbic acid: Vit c (ascorbic acid) increases the absorption of hard-to-absorb iron supplements by about 9%. You can use any food or supplement source, like oj or a pill. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

Food: For a list of iron rich foods, consult this site: http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking iron supplements but i still feel out of it. What should I do?

Why?!?!: If you are iron deficient and taking iron supplements but not feeling better, you should be checked to make sure you absorb it well. If you are not iron deficient, you should not be taking iron supplements as too much iron can make you sick and your body does not have a way to get rid of extra iron. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements make you more tired?

Depends: Some iron supplements can be harsh on your system and encourage free radical oxidative damage. However, this should not really cause noticeable fatigue. Consider looking into other causes as well. ...Read more

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Been taking iron supplements for a year and still no ferritin?

Incomplete question: Your question can not be answered as it is incomplete.We need to know why you are taking iron supplement and what was your blood test and levels before starting the supplement and after taking it. We need iron level, ferritin levels, hemoglobin and rbcs level and the cause of iron deficiency, whether it is nutritional or from chronic blood loss or other causes and if it has been corrected or not. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are my iron supplements are making me extremely tired?

Can you tell me are my iron supplements are making me extremely tired?

See below: One cause of tiredness is iron deficiency. I do not have information on what else present in that iron supplement. ...Read more

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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Side Effect (Definition)

In medicine, a side effect is an effect, whether therapeutic or adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is predominantly employed to describe adverse effects, it can also apply to beneficial, but unintended, consequences of the ...Read more