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Are upset stomach and constipation normal after starting to use iron supplements?

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Dr. Helle Lukk
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Constipation when using iron products is very common, but it also depends on diet, activity and fluid intake.
All of these help to lessen symptoms of constipation overall. Having a high fiber diet also helps. If you have significant constipation when using iron- be sure to talk to your doctor to see if you have other options.

In brief: Yes

Constipation when using iron products is very common, but it also depends on diet, activity and fluid intake.
All of these help to lessen symptoms of constipation overall. Having a high fiber diet also helps. If you have significant constipation when using iron- be sure to talk to your doctor to see if you have other options.
Dr. Helle Lukk
Dr. Helle Lukk
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Dr. Jack Hinkle
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Both of these are common side effects to the use of iron supplements and can be a challenge to there effective use.

In brief: Yes

Both of these are common side effects to the use of iron supplements and can be a challenge to there effective use.
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Iron frequently leads to upset stomach and constipation.
Although iron can be dosed up to 3 x per day. Most patients cannot tolerate that often due to the abdominal pain that it causes. Sometimes adding vitamin c helps with iron absorption.

In brief: Yes

Iron frequently leads to upset stomach and constipation.
Although iron can be dosed up to 3 x per day. Most patients cannot tolerate that often due to the abdominal pain that it causes. Sometimes adding vitamin c helps with iron absorption.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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