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Over The Counter Treatment For Iron Deficiency
Iron supplements: Anemia should have a confirmed cause, so "suspected" is not good enough. A low serum iron level associated with heavy periods may be the cause, but there are also other causes of anemia and your doctor can confirm the cause. Dietary sources of iron are excellent (more red meat) but iron supplements available over the counter may also help. ...Read more
Depend-take months: It depends on how low is your iron, how good your stomach absorbing the iron, whether you can tolerate the iron, whether you take the iron properly or not , how much do you take etc. The respond is individually basis. Your doctor should check you again in about 3 months and see if you respond well or not. If you can't tolerate or if you don't respond to oral iron, intravenous iron is an option. ...Read more
Multiple Ways: Stop ongoing losses: help heavy menstrual bleeding, fix ulcers, cure leukemia. Build iron supplies: red meat, egg yolk. Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops) turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans, liver artichokes, black strap molasses iron-enriched cereals and grains dried fruit (prunes, raisins iron absorption enhansed by taking with vitamin c rich drink: orange juice. ...Read more
After beginning treatment for iron deficiency anemia (45mg elemental iron 1x/day), what should follow-up be? A CBC with iron, ferritin? How soon?
My 4.5yearsold boy has iron deficiency he took maltofer for4 months should we repait treatment.In what way does iron deficiency affect his health?
Please follow: Iron deficiency in children is all-too-common and is cruel & devastating; junior cannot work or play at his best at the very time when he needs to be doing this to continue growing up successfully. If he's not getting dietary iron for whatever reason, or losing blood from somewhere, he's in serious danger. Please get him rechecked and retreated as required. ...Read more
My son 27 years old; hmg 111 and iron 3.8 ; ultrasound all ok ; endoscopy and colonoscopy all ok; most likely iron deficiency ; cause and treatment ?
Could hematocrit or RBC count, have an impact on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia?
Yes: Hematocrit is the amount of redcells present in a sample of whole blood. Rbc count is the number of red cells in a specific volume of whole blood. In both cases we would expect these numbers to be low if a patient is anemic. The MCV is usually low in iron deficiency as well. Iron studies and ferritin are necessary to confirm the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more
Iron deficiency anemia, I have severe anxiety, brain fog and depression. What is the best treatment for this?
Treatment needs to : Be individualized. Recommend a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation for accurate assessment. The treatment plan will be based on this. ...Read more
What is it called when your body can't absorb iron or an inability to absorb iron? I intake heaps of iron but still have an iron deficiency ?
More info needed: Knowing your iron level, per cent saturation, and ferritin would be helpful. Also your hemoglobin pattern and mcv--size of red cells. Never take iron with milk or milk products, as the calcium decreases iron absorption, malabsorption of iron may be associated with bowel problems--discuss with your doctor. Best wishes! ...Read more
Symptoms of iron deficiency but hgb normal. Been taking iron pills but don't feel any better. What to Do?
How do you: Know your symptoms are due to Iron deficiency. If your Iron panel are normal then your symptoms have nothing to do with Iron def hence taking Iron may not be beneficial. If you can post you lab results and symptoms you may get a specific academic opinion ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After an iron deficiency, she is regrowing her hair slowly but the very front doesn't show regrowth yet (she has been taking iron for a month)?
Continue therapy: When treating iron deficiency with oral iron, it can take several months at least to completely replace the iron your lost. Therefore, it may take longer for your hair to regenerate and for any nail changes to revert to normal. Continue to take the iron and it probably will be a bit longer before all of your hair returns to normal. ...Read more
I recently got diagnosed with celiac disease and iron deficiency about a year ago. I've been gluten free ever since and I still don't feel better...
I don't have an iron deficiency that i know of. Is it dangerous to take a multivitamin with 18mg of iron? I didn't realize i bought the one with iron.
Fussy, pale, weak: Young babies often are a bit deficient in iron because they grow so fast, and new growth (new muscle cells, new blood cells, etc...) requires iron. Breastmilk or iron-fortified formula supply needed iron for a baby's growth (a baby can double his weight in the first 5 months). A baby who gets too iron-deficient and quite anemic can be fussy, not eat well, seem pale or weak, and have a rapid pulse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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