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How long does it take for effervescent iron tablets to leave your system and make you stop being constipated?

How long does it take for effervescent iron tablets to leave your system and make you stop being constipated?

Three days at most: If you are still constipated, and you believe it is the iron, take a laxative to clean out the bowel. Most medications and foods are eliminated from the body within three days in most people. ...Read more

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Blood test showed I have low iron so i take iron tablets 3 a day but i get constipation dark green poo and now for the past days feel very sick…?

Blood test showed I have low iron so i take iron tablets 3 a day but i get constipation dark green poo and now for the past days feel very sick…?

Not unusual.: It's not unusual to notice changes of the color or consistency of your stool after starting an iron supplement. There are multiple types of iron supplements, some of what you may tolerate better than others. If you would continue to have issues with this, contact the doctor that prescribed this for you and see if he/she would prefer to switch it to another formulation. ...Read more

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I am animic and am very fatigued. Should I take iron? If so, is it bad for my liver or will it make me constipated, which I already have problems w

I am animic and am very fatigued. Should I take iron? If so, is it bad for my liver or will it make me constipated, which I already have problems w

Depends: Anemia can have a variety of causes. Only one of them is iron deficiency. Additional iron or the amt of iron in a once a day vitamin is safe and not excessive enough to cause constipation. ...Read more

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Does low iron mean constipation?

Possible: For example, an advanced colon cancer could lead to constipation and blood loss. More likely that the iron therapy to treat the anemia is leading to constipation. ...Read more

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Constipated since starting iron. Cures?

Things that help:: Several things may help: a slow release iron or divided the dose to twice a day. Increase your daily fiber intake (shoot for 30 g or more per day). You may also add a mild stool softener (like colace) daily. Some people need to do all of the above. Also, go see the doctor who asked you to take the extra iron and see if he/she can help too. ...Read more

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What kind of iron wont make you constipated?

Ferrous Gluconate: The most commonly prescribed iron supplement is iron (ferrous) sulfate; though maybe more expensive, ferrous gluconate may be less harsh on the GI system and cause less constipation. Constipation nevertheless is something that can be treated in other ways, like changing diet, drinking more water, and exercising regularly. ...Read more

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In the metal group ...Read more