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Supplements To Increase Hemoglobin
What could it mean if my ferritin is low but hemoglobin normal? I have taken an iron supplement for the last year, but my ferritin does not increase.
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I have severe restless leg syndrome. My ferritin level is only 5, hemoglobin 11. Which type of iron supplement is best to raise ferritin?
Any: Any over the counter iron supplement should work. Try 1 and see how your stomach tolerates it. ...Read more
Can aspirin (50 mg daily)and Coumadin (warfarin) cause deficity of iron. Hemoglobin of my 10 month old is 106, how to increase hemiglobin without iron sypplements?
Anemia: By your question it is hard to know if your child is taking Aspirin and Coumadin (warfarin) or somebody else. If a person is on Coumadin (warfarin) he is closely monitored. The combination of the two drugs can causemicroscopic bleeding. Nevertheless, by eating cereals you can replace iron. ...Read more
Not absolutely: Unless you have symptoms of Anemia (you are not actually anemic) or your Red blood cell indices (such as MCV) are low, you should not take iron supplements. If you want further evaluation as to why your hemoglobin (Hb) is slightly on the lower side of normal, you should go see your doctor asnd havbve a medical evaluation to check you for any blood loss which is one reason Hb can be lower than normal ...Read more
What was your Hb: What was your hb to start with. ...Read more
Couple of weeks:
If your anemia is due to iron deficiency and you start taking iron pills, you would see the beginning of the response in a few days, though it may take a few weeks to notice a substantial rise in hemoglobin.
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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.
Due to acute blood loss w/ childbirth, hemoglobin levels went from 13 to 8. How long with diet and oral supplements before back to normal range?
3-4 months: Your body can make up for it quite quickly but it takes 3-4 weeks before the hb begins to rise by about 1-2 grams per month. ...Read more
Probably: You are not anemic, but probably are tending toward iron deficiency. Talk to the doc who ordered the tests for guidance on more testing and/or therapy. ...Read more
If my RBC is slightly elevated, hemoglobin and hemocrit are normal with low ferritin, would I be considered anemic? My dr wants to start supplements.
Iron Deficiency: What is your serum iron and iron binding capacity? If your iron is low and iron binding capacity is high, then you have iron deficiency and you need to be on iron supplement. Also how did they describe the morphology of your red cell? Did they say they are pale and lack iron check with your doctor. If you have to start take a Gluconate supp with Vit C. Good luck. ...Read more
I am taking iron supplements but my hemoglobin & hematocrit numbers keep getting lower. What am I doing wrong?
Anemia: Anemia means red blood cells are lower than normal; sometimes low in number or volume, sometimes low in hemoglobin (the oxygen carrying protein.) There are many causes of anemia besides menstrual bleeding & iron deficiency. Clues to the cause of anemia can be gathered by careful history & review of the lab data. Consider consulting a medical doctor in the office or an Inbox Consult on HealthTap. ...Read more
I am a 38 year old woman. My hemoglobin is 11.6; MCH is 26.5; RDW is 15.5; total iron is 40 and iron saturation is 12%. Do I need iron supplements?
Take oral iron supplement and multivitamins. Women often have iron deficiency due blood loss through menstruation.
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My iron hemoglobin is 9.2 my school nurse told me take iron supplement TID but my doctor told me I should take 2x a day due to S/E. Which should I do?
Either: There are MANY causes of anemia. Iron deficiency is only one of them. ASSUMING that your anemia is due to iron deficiency, either schedule of iron supplement would be helpful. Taking the iron supplement with food reduces the stomach upset from it, but also (somewhat) reduces the iron absorption. If anemia hasn't improved after a month, consider other possible causes. ...Read more
I have anemia. I have been taking oral iron supplements. I still feel extremely tired. How do I know if I need iron shots? Hemoglobin level 6.6
A level of 6.6 is extremely low. The fact that you are extremely tired is worrisome. It sounds like you need a blood transfusion. I hope your anemia has been investigated, meaning a cause found. At this point I don't think iron injections are appropriate. A blood tranfusion first, then iron for three months with monitoring. This is my opinion. You should discuss all options with your doctor.
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Iron deficiency? Female ~ RDW high 19.3, MCV 82, RBC 4.81, hemoglobin 12.9, hematocrit 39.2, ferritin 13, tibc 326, uibc 221, iron sat 32%, iron serum 105. Should I supplement? Thank you!
Maybe: You have low ferritin levels while the other labs are essentially normal. A low ferritin level maybe the earliest sign of low iron levels. It may fall before iron levels do. Other causes of low ferritin include hypothyroid levels. You should follow with your primary care doctor to make sure these other tests are normal. A course of iron therapy maybe indicated. ...Read more
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My 6 mo is low on hemoglobin, so the ped prescribed iron supplement (III).Week later she was extremely constipated most probably bc of it. What to do?
16 yr old female, was anemic in may with hemo 9. Hemoglobin now 13.5 but ferritin is 8, iron serum 32, iron saturation 9. Shld we supplement iron?
My ferratin is 6, hemoglobin 10.4 and hemocrit 34. Indicates iron deficiency anemia. Cannot take supplements due to ibs. No red meat. Recommendation?
IRON are: Oysters, kidney beans, beef liver, tofu, beef (chuck roast, lean ground beef), turkey leg, whole wheat bread, tuna, eggs, shrimp, peanut butter, leg of lamb, brown rice, raisin bran (enriched) are all sources of iron. There is also injectable iron if you truly have problems with the pills due to your ibs. Best wishes. ...Read more
Had an fbc last week and my iron came back at 6.2. It's not normally low and haven't changed my diet recently. The doc said I need supplements. Should I be worried? Haemoglobin 12.8.
My blood tests show ferritin 9.2, haemoglobin 11.6 and hct 35.4....Should I just take an iron supplement or do I need to investigate this further?
Can people with thalassemia take iron supplements if the iron level are really low ie; less than 2? Anemia too, heamoglobin is 10
Do the following affect Haemoglobin levels: 1) Zinc Supplements (That include magnesium/vitamins) 2) Creatine/protein Supplements.
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See below: If you have normal levels, other than moving to a significant altitude there is not much more you can do. Taking additional iron, B12 or Folic Acid will not help, as red cell production is tightly regulated. If you have anemia, however, a proper diagnosis maybe need. The most common cause of anemia in the world is iron deficiency, but there are other causes. ...Read more