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

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Find cause

Iron deficiency in a man is stomach or colon cancer, or a stomach ulcer, until proved otherwise.
You may also have low iron from chronic inflammation from your psoriatic arthritis. It's actually even more complicated. Your physician should have told you this already.

In brief: Find cause

Iron deficiency in a man is stomach or colon cancer, or a stomach ulcer, until proved otherwise.
You may also have low iron from chronic inflammation from your psoriatic arthritis. It's actually even more complicated. Your physician should have told you this already.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Monica Michel
Family Medicine

In brief: Iron ?

There are a few things we look at if we are considering iron deficiency anemia and ferritin is only one of those things.
We especially also like to see a low- low normal iron in addition to a possible cause of blood loss and symptoms such as fatigue and pallor. Iron pills are also generally constipation so I would not start them without a definitive diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia.

In brief: Iron ?

There are a few things we look at if we are considering iron deficiency anemia and ferritin is only one of those things.
We especially also like to see a low- low normal iron in addition to a possible cause of blood loss and symptoms such as fatigue and pallor. Iron pills are also generally constipation so I would not start them without a definitive diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia.
Dr. Monica Michel
Dr. Monica Michel
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