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How do you take iron supplement drops?

How do you take iron supplement drops?

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

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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?

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?

Depends: It is best to have your CBC and iron checked. Green leafy vegetables are a good source of iron. There are what we call essential Amino Acids and essential minerals that have to come from certain sources. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about them. ...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?

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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Can I take iron supplement with multivitamin contain iron?

Can I take iron supplement with multivitamin contain iron?

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

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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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Should I take iron supplement or multivitamin to replace the iron I've just lost during period?

Should I take iron supplement or multivitamin to replace the iron I've just lost during period?

See below: Some ladies loose a lot of blood during their periods for multiple reasons. They are therefore prone to develop iron deficiency anemia. Before taking iron, have your doctor run a complete blood count; and if necessary do other iron studies (serum iron, ferritin, TIBC etc.). ...Read more

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If I want to take iron supplement, should I take ferrous sulfate or ferrous gluconate?

If I want to take iron supplement, should I take ferrous sulfate or ferrous gluconate?

Neither: Research shows that iron bis-glycinate is significantly better absorbed than either ferrous sulfate or gluconate. Taking iron with vitamin c enhances absorption. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/11688081. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Is it ok to take Iron supplements at night?

Yes: But may wish to do in morning when up and about and eating since the pills can be irritating ...Read more

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Will I gain weight if I take iron supplements?

Will I gain weight if I take iron supplements?

No: No taking iron supplement will not make you gain weight. ...Read more

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I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

I'm a woman and a vegetarian. Should I take iron supplements?

Depends: Have your blood count checked to see if you are anemic. Most vegetarians can get adequate amounts of iron through their diet provided they eat a healthy and varied diet. ...Read more

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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

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Is it safe to take iron supplements bought over the counter?

Yes: 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

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How shall an anemic feel if they forget to take iron supplements?

How long: If they miss a day or two nothing. If they stop all together they will lower their blood hemoglobin levels and begin to feel weak again. Iron only helps so much, if you have anemia you should get a real work up as to why ...Read more

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Is it ok to take iron supplements daily even if you are not anemic?

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

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My ferritin is low, 15 ng/ml. Should I take iron supplements? How much, how often, and what type?

Find cause: Iron deficiency in a man is stomach or colon cancer, or a stomach ulcer, until proven otherwise. You may also have low iron from chronic inflammation from your psoriatic arthritis. It's actually even more complicated. ...Read more

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Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

Can I take iron supplements while breastfeeding?

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

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Do you need to take iron supplements if you taking PPIs for GERD?

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

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Is it safe to take iron supplements while on an antibiotic?

Is it safe to take iron supplements while on an antibiotic?

Likely yes.: Unless you have excess iron in your body, like in a disease called hemochromatosis, it is likely to be no problem taking iron supplements. In fact, a woman of your age should keep taking them to offset possible loss of iron with your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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Should I take iron supplements when I have constant fatigue?

Maybe: Get checked by an md, iron only works for iron defiency, could be other things, and it could be serious. ...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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Should you take iron supplements while on birth control?

Should you take iron supplements while on birth control?

Not necessary: There's nothing specific about birth control pills that requires that you should take iron supplements. There's no problem doing so if your doctor has told you that you need them. If you were having heavy bleeding as a reason to be on birth control, iron may be needed. ...Read more

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