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What can I do besides taking iron pills for anemia?

What can I do besides taking iron pills for anemia?

Healthy diet: Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado. Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts. ...Read more

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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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I was put on iron pills for anemia and my level is 11.4 ever since then i've been dizzy everytime i stand up or do anything besides laying down, why?

I was put on iron pills for anemia and my level is 11.4 ever since then i've been dizzy everytime i stand up or do anything besides laying down, why?

Orthostatic hypotens: Your hemoglobin is depressed but not very much. I presume you are sensitive to anemic changes. This probably comes from menstrual flow. Suggest you see your gyn for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take iron pills (for anemia) along with birth control pills?

Is it safe to take iron pills (for anemia) along with birth control pills?

Yes: That sounds fine. A woman may take normal amounts of vitamin supplements, iron supplements, or omega-3 fish oil supplements... along with her birth control pills. Her doctor would be best able to recommend which supplements are beneficial. ...Read more

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How can you treat anemia other than taking iron pills?

How can you treat anemia other than taking iron pills?

Depends.: There are many types of anemia, but assuming that you have iron deficiency anemia, the best treatment is to take iron pills. There are liquid formulations as well. Iron is also available in an intravenous form, but this is not commonly used. But the amount of iron needed to correct iron deficiency is difficult to get with simple dietary changes. ...Read more

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What is the normal hemo level for women. I have anemia & taking 2 325 mg iron pills a day. My hem level was a little over 9 and i feel like passing ou?

What is the normal hemo level for women. I have anemia & taking 2 325 mg iron pills a day. My hem level was a little over 9 and i feel like passing ou?

Anemia?: Women have hemoglobin level of 12 to 14 Grams normally. You have Anemia which causes light headed feeling when you stand up from a sitting or lying position. You need to find the cause of your Anemia and treat the cause and keep your hemoglobin above 10 Gms. ...Read more

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How long after taking iron pills for six weeks do I recover from symptoms of severe anemia.

Can take a while: If you were severely anemic because of iron deficiency, 6 weeks of oral iron is probably not long enough. Your body will start to be able to make new red blood cells much more robustly when you start taking the iron, and many people start to feel better in a week or two. To replenish your body's iron stores, however, you may need to take iron 6 months or more. Talk with your doc for guidance. ...Read more

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Which type of iron pills should a person with iron anemia take?

Which type of iron pills should a person with iron anemia take?

Depends: There are different formulations of iron that are available. The dosing and frequency depends on the amount of elemental iron that is available in these formulations. Some formulations are easier on the stomach than others. Sometimes intravenous iron may be indicated to replenish iron stores. Please ask your doctor on the best way to investigate and treat your iron defeciency. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


Iron (Definition)

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