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Take Iron Supplement
Not Necessary: Iron supplementation is not necessary in healthy children, toddlers or infants. There is an ample amount in formula and breast milk and in children in their normal diets. If the child has iron anemia you can treat with iron drops to replenish the iron stores needed to maintain a normal red blood cell count. Ask your doctor whether your child needs iron. ...Read more
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
My age is 42 years & vegetarian female. So do I need to take iron supplement & l have a normal diet and if yes then how much?
Yes: You can if your doctor prescribes it. If you have a condition requiring iron supplementation then by all means do so under the guidance of your physician. Most multivitamins only contain a small amount of iron, and you may need more if you are iron deficient. Always follow the advice of a qualified physician. ...Read more
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
Rbc 5.had 2 transfusions. Low bp, night sweats, fatigue. Ct @ scopes neg. No internal bleds. Told to go home take iron supplement. Temp&tremors again. Cause?
R/O lymphoma, TB...:
As you know, fever is the body's response to infection, inflammation, or cancer. Tremors from infection are called rigors. If you have sweats, fever, and shaking chills, please be seen ASAP in either your doctor's office, urgent care, or ER. Hopefully, it isn't tuberculosis or another equally serious illness, but a hgb of 5 with transfusions is
serious. You need bloodworrk, cultures, a chest xray. ...Read more
Iron: Mostly to make rbcs. Good wikipedia question. ...Read more
My text result show my ferrin /iron level is 1000, double what it should be. I don't smoke and don't take iron supplements, why is this so high?
Family practice: You may have hemosiderosis. It is hereditary and may cause liver damage if left untreated. ...Read more
Last year my iron level was a 7 and I I was advised to take iron supplements as soon as possible it s been a year now should I go and get myself tested again?
Stool softeners: Can help.Get a more detailed answer ›
I am supposed to take iron supplements 3x a day but I don't always eat 3 meals a day. Iron hem 9.2. Are there other ways to take in iron?
Iron supplementation: You should try to eat 3 meals a day, but even if you didn't that should not stop you from taking the iron supplement as prescribed. Take it with Vit C or Vit C containing products like orange juice and avoid dairy an hour before and after taking iron. Other iron rich foods are meats, in particular liver, and dark greens ...Read more
My worries are: 1) why do you need extra iron at all? What's the reason?
2) over the counter iron tablets contain very little absorbable iron. More effective are prescription iron pills which often contain 10x the amount of iron per pill. Sometimes even the prescription pills are not adequate and iron needs to be given intravenously. ...Read more
Possibly.: It is reasonable for a menatruating woman to take iron, usually an iron containing multi-vitamin. Higher dose iron should be for those are known to be deficient, are bleeding or maybe pregnant. Iron is a problem though for people with genetic diseases like hemochromatosis, chronic hepatitis and various blood diseases associated with anemia (not iron difficiency). ...Read more
What was your Hb: What was your hb to start with. ...Read more
My ferritin is low, 15 ng/ml. Should I take iron supplements? How much, how often, and what type?
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
Yes it is ok: Yes it is ok.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Although there is a lot of talk about iron absorption while on PPIs on the Internet, the practical aspect of it is that the effect of PPI's on this is very minimal. There is no reason to take extra iron supplements. If you need to be on PPI's for years, it might be reasonable to check a blood count every year or so. Otherwise, you are unlikely to have problems. Good luck. ...Read more
Maybe: Get checked by an md, iron only works for iron defiency, could be other things, and it could be serious. ...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