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Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements at the same time?

Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements at the same time?

That depends: What is the reason you are taking the iron supplement, if you are documented iron deficient, then taking two doses at the same time, may make you more constipated, but is not likely to be harmful. ...Read more

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Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements (ferrous gluconate)?

Can you take 2 doeses of iron supplements (ferrous gluconate)?

Ferrous gluconate: The body can only absorb limited amounts of iron at one time. It is okay to take two doses, if so instructed by your doctor, but it's important that you take one in the morning and one in the evening. ...Read more

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Can I take two different types of iron supplements for anemia?

Can I take two different types of iron supplements for anemia?

Why?: There is no need to take 2 different ones. If you are iron deficient and you are absorbing the iron, take one type. Ferrous sulfate is the most common form and no reason to take more than 3 tablets a day. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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My 13 month old passed two dark grey stools today. He is acting fine, good appetite, no fever. He takes an iron supplements per his pediatrician.

My 13 month old passed two dark grey stools today. He is acting fine, good appetite, no fever. He takes an iron supplements per his pediatrician.

Close Monitoring: Stool color can vary greatly based on dietary composition. Iron supplements can cause stools to darken in color. Your child's past medical history is important to know but was not given here. Since only 2 atypical stools noted and child doing well, should closely monitor child/stools. If new symptoms appear, see doctor ASAP. Otherwise, discuss with doctor in 2 wks if color change persists. ...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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What food goes good with iron supplements?

Not cereal / milk: They can block absorption. How about fruits / vegetables / bread / protein? ...Read more

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How do I go about getting iron supplements?

Pharmacist or MD: Many over the counter iron supplements are available.

However, you may wish (and I would recommend) to see your physician to get a recommendation for a regimen to take that is personalized for you based on your total iron stores, hemoglobin level, heaviness of your periods, etc. ...Read more

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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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Opinions on what's a good brand of iron supplements?

See below: Iron sulfate and iron fumerate are the more commonly prescribed iron pills. The fumerate compounds are more easily absorbed and are more easy on the GI tract. ...Read more

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What kind of iron supplements should a baby be taking?

What kind of iron supplements should a baby be taking?

Let me help: Infants and toddlers need more iron than adults, in general, because their bodies are growing so quickly. In childhood, boys and girls need the same amount of iron -- 10 milligrams daily from ages 4 to 8, and 8 mg daily from ages 9 to 13. ...Read more

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What are some good quality iron supplements available?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Do I need to consult a dr before taking iron supplements?

Why are you taking?: Yes, esp. If you are a man! It is generally unwise for men and post-menopausal women to take iron as you get adequate levels from diet. Iron is a pro-oxidant and if you aren't deficient appears to increase risk of heart disease and cancer. Men who lower iron load by donating blood have up to 88% less risk of heart attacks! See http://www. Anh-usa. Org/reduce-your-heart-risk/. ...Read more

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What is the highest dose of iron supplements you can take?

What is the highest dose of iron supplements you can take?

Depends: Orally it is much as a person can tolerate, usually the pill size is 65 mg. Intravenously a much larger dose can be given at one sitting. You may consult this site for info: https://ods. Od.nih. Gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/
If you need supplemental iron you may also try iron rich foods: http://www. Webmd. Com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1 ...Read more

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Please suggest what food should I take with iron supplements?

Please suggest what food should I take with iron supplements?

Ascorbic acid: Vit c (ascorbic acid) increases the absorption of hard-to-absorb iron supplements by about 9%. You can use any food or supplement source, like oj or a pill. ...Read more

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Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Can there be anyway to counteract the effects of iron supplements?

Yes: The most common side effect is constipation. Stool softeners available over the counter are effective in softening the stool. If you have an upset stomach, there are iron supplements which dissolve slowly in the proper part of the gut and are more tolerable. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

Food: For a list of iron rich foods, consult this site: http://www. Webmd. Com/diet/iron-rich-foods#1
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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.
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Would it be safe to take 1, 170 mg of slow release iron supplements at once?

Sort of but...: That dose is not toxic, so in that sense it's safe, but iron supps are known to cause stomach upset and constipation & such a high dose may well cause those side effects, so I advise against taking so much at once! ...Read more

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What are some other ways to get more iron besides taking those iron supplements?

See below: The total daily requirement of iron in a normal person is about 1 mg. Rest of the iron is wasted by the body in the stools. However, if one continues to take mega doses of iron it can start depositing in the tissues, a dangerous event. ...Read more

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Iron supplements for over a year. If I stop, my iron levels drop. Can't find cause. Help?

Iron supplements for over a year. If I stop, my iron levels drop. Can't find cause. Help?

Keep up supplements: If you are still menstruating, that could be a plausible explanation. Other likely cause could be bleeding in the intestine. If bleeding in the intestine has been excluded, then malabsoroption like Celiac disease needs to be investigated. However, do continue taking iron.
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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been taking iron supplements but I still feel out of it. What should I do?

Why?!?!: If you are iron deficient and taking iron supplements but not feeling better, you should be checked to make sure you absorb it well. If you are not iron deficient, you should not be taking iron supplements as too much iron can make you sick and your body does not have a way to get rid of extra iron. ...Read more

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Can different brands of iron supplements cause different reactions/symptoms? Even if they are the same dosage?

Can different brands of iron supplements cause different reactions/symptoms? Even if they are the same dosage?

Yes: Different formulations can have different effects. See this site for info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/drugs-supplements/iron-supplement-oral-route-parenteral-route/description/DRG-20070148
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.
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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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