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Doctor insights on: Should You Take Iron Supplements While On Birth Control

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Should you take iron supplements while on birth control?

Should you take iron supplements while on birth control?

Not necessary: There's nothing specific about birth control pills that requires that you should take iron supplements. There's no problem doing so if your doctor has told you that you need them. If you were having heavy bleeding as a reason to be on birth control, iron may be needed. ...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


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I've got the flu and my mother wants to know if it's safe for me to take benylin (dextromethorphan) with B12 & iron supplements, prozack and birth control?

I've got the flu and my mother wants to know if it's safe for me to take benylin (dextromethorphan) with B12 & iron supplements, prozack and birth control?

Flu???: If you live in north america, it's unlikely that you have the flu in june. But either way, these medications aren't contraindicated when you have a viral infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take iron supplements while on an antibiotic?

Is it safe to take iron supplements while on an antibiotic?

Likely yes.: Unless you have excess iron in your body, like in a disease called hemochromatosis, it is likely to be no problem taking iron supplements. In fact, a woman of your age should keep taking them to offset possible loss of iron with your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Yes: You should definitely continue to take iron supplements while breastfeeding. Breast milk has tremendous nutritional and immunologic value for infants, but the iron content may be insufficient as the infant grows. To make sure that both your baby and you have adequate iron for health blood production, you should typically continue your prenatal vitamins while lactating. ...Read more

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For iron deficiency should you take iron supplements + iron -enriched foods? Worried about iron overdose. And how long to get iron back in system?

For iron deficiency should you take iron supplements + iron -enriched foods? Worried about iron overdose. And how long to get iron back in system?

Fe deficiency is a..: Symptom of a problem as much as being a problem in its own rite. It's important to both correct the deficiency and discover its source. To correct, continue oral fe supplements until hematocrit normalizes then continue for another 3months to replete stores. If you find the source and fix it, your only significant source of fe loss is bleeding. If you don't fix it, the fe deficiency will recur. ...Read more

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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. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more