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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Treatment For Iron Deficiency

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What are effective treatments for suspected iron deficiency?

What are effective treatments for suspected 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

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What treatments, drugs, or vitamins would you suggest for iron-deficiency anemia?

What treatments, drugs, or vitamins would you suggest for iron-deficiency anemia?

Diet, oral iron: First, the dietary intake of iron has to be maximised with green vegetables, red meatsand other iron containing foods. Use of vitamin c can maximise iron absorption and finally supplemental iron as oral pills and occasionally Folic Acid supplements are a big help. ...Read more

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How long does it take multivitamins to cure an iron deficiency?

How long does it take multivitamins to cure an iron deficiency?

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

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How to cure iron deficiency anemia!

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

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What is the treatment for iron deficiency anemia?

What is the treatment for iron deficiency anemia?

Iron supplements: iron supplements (either through pills, intravenous or by increasing dietary intake of iron). However reason for iron deficiency anemia should be investigated and treated accordingly ...Read more

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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

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How serious or dangerous to have iron deficiency with a range of 2. What treatment will follow in my case? I feel ok apart of tiredness

Could be serious: Get blood for ferritin, iron, iron binding capacity, % saturation, red blood count, hemoglobin. Review with doctor. Doctor will usually look via colonoscopy and gastroscopy for bleeding in the GI tract. ...Read more

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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

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Iron deficiency anemia, I have severe anxiety, brain fog and depression. What is the best treatment for this?

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

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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 ?

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

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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 more

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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

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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 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...

Refractory sprue or: ...maybe some gluten is slipping into your diet. If your diagnosis of celiac sprue is a certainty, then checking your tissue transglutaminase antibody now will indicate how successful you may be at gluten avoidance. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Not dangerous.: Iron supplements for women, in reasonable dosages, are not harmful. For men, there has been a link to heart attacks and so multivitamins specifically for men should not contain iron. ...Read more

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How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

How will an iron deficiency affect my baby?

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 more

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How can eating ice can cause iron deficiency?

Does not cause: It is stated that people who are iron deficient tend to chew on ice. Chewing on ice does not cause iron deficiency. ...Read more

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