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Dr. Michael Dugan
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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.

Dr. Michael Dugan
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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.

The ferritin: Is the last thing to improve with iron deficiency. The normalization of the HGB is great, but if the ferritin is still low there is probably ongoing blood loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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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?

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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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

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Can aspirin(50 mg daily)and Coumadin cause deficity of iron. Hemoglobin of my 10 month old is 106, how to increase hemiglobin without iron sypplements?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Can aspirin(50 mg daily)and Coumadin 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 or somebody else. If a person is on Coumadin he is closely monitored. The combination of the two drugs can causemicroscopic bleeding . Nevertheless , by eating cereals you can replace iron. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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.

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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.

Continue workup: I'd look for an additional source of blood loss, or underlying hematologic disease of some other sort. I'm worried also. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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How long will it take for an iron supplement to take effect? (For hemoglobin levels to rise)

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How long will it take for an iron supplement to take effect? (For hemoglobin levels to rise)

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. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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I have 12.3 of hemoglobin for 2 years straight. Do i need iron supplement?

Dr. Sewa Legha
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I have 12.3 of hemoglobin for 2 years straight. Do i need iron supplement?

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

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Dr. Jeff McFadden
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My ferritin is 56 and my hemoglobin is 14 and I take iron supplement 3 times per week is it good?

Dr. Jeff McFadden
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Yes: Assuming the same US standard lab range values. Keep taking the iron as prescribed. I'm guessing you are taking due to iron loss from menstrual cycles? Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. RAJESH Sehgal
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For anemics- how long do I need to take iron supplements to reach a hemoglobin level of 10?

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For anemics- how long do I need to take iron supplements to reach a hemoglobin level of 10?

What was your Hb : What was your hb to start with. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Dugan
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If my hemoglobin is 13.5 and my iron saturation level is at an 8 should I take iron supplements?

Dr. Michael Dugan
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If my hemoglobin is 13.5 and my iron saturation level is at an 8 should I take  iron supplements?

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

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