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Doctor insights on: Supplements To Increase Hemoglobin

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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


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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?

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

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

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

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

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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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.

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

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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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.

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

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I am taking iron supplements but my hemoglobin & hematocrit numbers keep getting lower. What am i doing wrong?

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

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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?

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?

Yes: Take oral iron supplement and multivitamins. Women often have iron deficiency due blood loss through menstruation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, 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. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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 : 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. Take care. ...Read more

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Ferritin = 39. Hemoglobin = 13.4. Hematocrit = 39.8. Some hair shedding. I'm a woman in her 30s. Should i take an iron supplement? If yes, how much?

No harm: Your hemoglobin is normal and so is your ferritin. Taking over the counter iron supplement will not do any harm. Take the pill with food to minimize stomach upset. You may need to take a fiber laxative if you get constipated. The hair loss is not due to iron deficiency. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Fruits: Please consult this site for addressing constipation in infants with fruit preparations, including prune juice. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/infant-constipation/faq-20058519 ...Read more