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I have severe iron deficiency anemia, I can't take ferrous sulfate po bid due to constipation. What other oral iron agent can I take that?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Alternatives

Try what dr. Olson said- profe- and see if you could tolerate.
If not, intravenous iron infusion would be an option to treat your severe iron deficiency. Intravenous iron will by pass all the GI problems including constipation- so that would be a good option for you.

In brief: Alternatives

Try what dr. Olson said- profe- and see if you could tolerate.
If not, intravenous iron infusion would be an option to treat your severe iron deficiency. Intravenous iron will by pass all the GI problems including constipation- so that would be a good option for you.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Kevin Olson
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Profe

Iron is hard for the body to absorb, so the left over causes constipation.
The rx iron profe is a protien coated iron that gets better absorption and causes much less constipation.

In brief: Profe

Iron is hard for the body to absorb, so the left over causes constipation.
The rx iron profe is a protien coated iron that gets better absorption and causes much less constipation.
Dr. Kevin Olson
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Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry

In brief: Add probiotics

I will not guarentee this will eliminate (no pun inteded) the problem. But a large (10 billion units) of probiotics to aid in improving the digestive flora may help the digestion and possibly aid the constipation problem. Probiotics are otc.
Gnc has a good brand but most drugstores will carry them.

In brief: Add probiotics

I will not guarentee this will eliminate (no pun inteded) the problem. But a large (10 billion units) of probiotics to aid in improving the digestive flora may help the digestion and possibly aid the constipation problem. Probiotics are otc.
Gnc has a good brand but most drugstores will carry them.
Dr. Phillip Frist
Dr. Phillip Frist
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