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Doctor insights on: Supplemental Iron

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When during the day should you take supplemental iron?

When during the day should you take supplemental iron?

Spaced out: If you need more than one tablet of iron per day, space out when you take them. Also, take with vitamin c or orange juice. Don't take around the same time as other meds or a prenatal vitamin...Space it out by at least 2-3 hours. ...Read more

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If you take supplemental iron for an extended period can your body cease to absorb natural iron?

If you take supplemental iron for an extended period can your body cease to absorb natural iron?

No: A person absorbs iron from foods and oral iron supplements because human bodies require iron. If he is low in iron, his body will improve its absorption of iron. If he has plenty of iron, his body won't absorb as much iron. But, he will not stop absorbing iron. That means he can get iron overload by taking too high a dose of iron supplements. Iron overload damages the liver. ...Read more

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I have low iron and need to take a supplement can you make a recommendation? In addition how many mgs would be appropriate

I have low iron and need to take a supplement can you make a recommendation?  In addition how many mgs would be appropriate

Ferrous Sulfate: The dose depends on whether you have anemia (low hemoglobin) or not. If it is only for prophylaxis (prevention) then ferrous sulfate 325mg tablets once a day should be enough. If you are anemic, you may need to take ferrous sulfate 325mg up to 3 times a day. Keep in mind that iron can make you constipated and turn your stool color dark to black. Make sure to follow up with your primary doctor! ...Read more

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Is 28mg of iron supplement too much?

Is 28mg of iron supplement too much?

It depends: If you're very deficient you may want an iron supplement that contains this much iron. The daily reference intake for men is 8mg/day; for women 8-18mg/day. But these are for people with no iron loss. Your doctor may want you to use this higher 28 mg dosage for a time. It can may you nauseated, so please take with meals. ...Read more

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Do men over 50 need an iron supplement?

Do men over 50 need an iron supplement?

General: Heart diseases fall into categories of electrical failures or mechanical failures but either is too broad to answer in our tiny allotment here. ...Read more

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What is the flow fe iron supplement used for?

What is the flow fe iron supplement used for?

Not flow but slow fe: It is not flow fe but slow fe, means it is absorped slowly.It is used to correct iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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Can i take an iron supplement & b-12 at the same time?

Can i take an iron supplement & b-12 at the same time?

Yes: You should be able to take B12 and iron at the same time. Iron does however interfere with other vitamins and minerals being absorbed such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin c. ...Read more

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Is a ferritin of 10 low? Should I supplement with iron?

Is a ferritin of 10 low? Should I supplement with iron?

Yes: Ferritin of 10 means you have iron deficiency anemia. You should start oral supplement, such as ferrous sulfate 325mg up to three times a day as tolerated. Side effect include constipation, stomach irritation. ...Read more

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What milligram is considered overdose for iron supplement?

What milligram is considered overdose for iron supplement?

A child may become: Toxic after ingesting 10-20 mg/kg of elemental iron. >60 mg/kg can cause serious toxicity sxs. Iron overdose can be lethal. If you are considering an overdose please obtain help at your nearest emergency room or contact the national suicide prevention lifeline phone number at 1-800-273-8255 - 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week. Take care. ...Read more

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Why should you need iron supplement if your body can recycle iron?

Why should you need iron supplement if your body can recycle iron?

Only if iron is low: Iron supplementation is not needed unless there is iron loss through bleeding or inability to absorb iron from food or water. The only way one can lose iron is through bleeding, either from excessive menses, or bleeding from the bowel. Bleeding from other areas is usually very noticeable. ...Read more

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