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Do iron supplements cause metallic taste in mouth?

Do iron supplements cause metallic taste in mouth?

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 more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Iron supplements for anemia taste like death. Why are they so terrible tasting?

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

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Can iron supplements tan skin?

Can iron supplements tan skin?

If abused: You have to really overdo iron supplements and probably have a genetic predisposition, but you might be able to give yourself the gray-bronze of iron overload / hemochromatosis. You don't want this; it'll ruin everything from your liver to your love life. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Yes: but may wish to do in morning when up and about and eating since the pills can be irritating ...Read more

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What food goes good with iron supplements ?

What food  goes good with iron supplements ?

Not cereal / milk: They can block absorption. How about fruits / vegetables / bread / protein? ...Read more

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How do I go about getting iron supplements ?

Pharmacist or MD: Many over the counter iron supplements are available. However, you may wish (and I would recommend) to see your physician to get a recommendation for a regimen to take that is personalized for you based on your total iron stores, hemoglobin level, heaviness of your periods, etc. ...Read more

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Do i need to consult a dr before taking iron supplements?

Do i need to consult a dr before taking iron supplements?

Why are you taking?: Yes, esp. If you are a man! it is generally unwise for men and post-menopausal women to take iron as you get adequate levels from diet. Iron is a pro-oxidant and if you aren't deficient appears to increase risk of heart disease and cancer. Men who lower iron load by donating blood have up to 88% less risk of heart attacks! see http://www.Anh-usa.Org/reduce-your-heart-risk/. ...Read more

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Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Yes: The most common side effect is constipation. Stool softeners available over the counter are effective in softening the stool. If you have an upset stomach, there are iron supplements which dissolve slowly in the proper part of the gut and are more tolerable. ...Read more

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Can iron supplements make you fat?

Can iron supplements make you fat?

No: Iron supplements do not make a person fat. However, if a person takes iron pills with a big glass of orange juice, whole milk, or a smoothie, then "taking iron pills" could make him fatter. Some people get constipated when taking iron pills. Constipation can make one look fatter due to the extra poop staying in the abdomen. ...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


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