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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

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 using iron supplements, for the past 4 years, only recently, constipated and bloated, low due to childbirth, stress, not absorbing frm food?

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 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 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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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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Can iron supplements cause migraines?

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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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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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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Will iron supplements cause an appetite increase?

Will iron supplements cause an appetite increase?

Iron supplement: Iron is not known to increase appetite. Instead, it may cause dyspepsia, bloating thereby decreased appetite. Good for you bcoz you will not quit taking it. It can also cause constipation or sometimes diarrhea. ...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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I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

Depends: Have your blood count checked to see if you are anemic. Most vegetarians can get adequate amounts of iron through their diet provided they eat a healthy and varied diet. ...Read more

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

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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How to tell if my iron supplements are making me extremely tired?

How to tell if my iron supplements are making me extremely tired?

Not the supplement: Iron supplements would not make you feel tired. The reason you are taking the supplements, anemia, is a more likely cause of tiredness.
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.
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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

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Why could my ferritin be dropping after taking iron supplements for 6+ months?

Why could my ferritin be dropping after taking iron supplements for 6+ months?

Need actual values: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Ferritin can be elevated due to tissue injury. It may be returning to normal. It would have been useful to have the actual results. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any good quality efficient iron supplements available in the uk?

See below: Iron (and other trace metals needed for our body) is iron, no matter what kind of fancy wrapping it comes in. Get the cheapest brand (iron fumerate is preferred over iron sulfate). ...Read more

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Can you tell me some good quality efficient iron supplements available in the uk?

Only take: Iron supplementation if you are deficient, otherwise excess iron can be harmful. Check w/your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter iron supplements or do they all have to be prescribed?

Freely available: The key is to find out why you're iron deficient. If you are replacing heavy monthly losses or blood donated, this is a reasonable choice. I trust that by "low iron" you mean an actual diagnosis of clinical iron deficiency rather than simply anemia. Remember that iron deficiency may also warn of stomach ulcer or tumor, colon tumor, or other illness. ...Read more

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Can I take biotin supplements with iron supplements? When is the right time of day to take them?

Why taking?: At 17, you really should not need supplements unless they were prescribed by a doctor. Get your biotin and iron naturally from dark leafy vegetables and beans. If you are not vegan, meat has plenty of iron. Biotin supplements, contrary to popular views, do not help hair. ...Read more

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I am supposed to take iron supplements 3x a day but I don't always eat 3 meals a day. Iron hem 9.2. Are there other ways to take in iron?

I am supposed to take iron supplements 3x a day but I don't always eat 3 meals a day. Iron hem 9.2. Are there other ways to take in iron?

Iron supplementation: You should try to eat 3 meals a day, but even if you didn't that should not stop you from taking the iron supplement as prescribed. Take it with Vit C or Vit C containing products like orange juice and avoid dairy an hour before and after taking iron. Other iron rich foods are meats, in particular liver, and dark greens ...Read more

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Can you overdose on iron supplements when you have low ferritin? What is the optimal dose of iron to take to raise ferritin significantly?

No: The gut is very inefficient at absorbing iron. So you really cannot take too much. Oral replacement takes several weeks. In a more pressing circumstance your doc could offer IV iron. ...Read more

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Is it safe to start taking iron supplements? I feel like maybe my iron is low and I've read the symptoms and I can relate to a fair amount of them

Iron: Iron supplements are relatively safe, common side effects include constipation, nausea or a metallic taste in the mouth. A common cause of low iron in a women of your age is excessive blood loss through monthly menses - it is routine practice to supplement low blood iron levels with ferrous sulfate that can be purchased at your local drug store. ...Read more

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Hi! My hemoglobin was 10.8 in april, with iron supplements went to 13.5 by august, 12.8 in october, 11.5 in november. Any thoughts? Really worried.

Continue workup: I'd look for an additional source of blood loss, or underlying hematologic disease of some other sort. I'm worried also. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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