Can you still be anemic while on iron supplements?

Yes. Assuming that this is iron deficiency, a failure of the anemia to respond to iron can be related to a few things. 1) another cause for anemia, 2) ongoing bleeding (gi bleeding, period bleeding, etc), 3) not taking enough iron for a long enough time. It takes a while to correct the iron deficiency. This should be followed closely by your health care provider.

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I have anemia. I have been taking oral iron supplements. I still feel extremely tired. How do I know if I need iron shots? Hemoglobin level 6.6

A . A level of 6.6 is extremely low. The fact that you are extremely tired is worrisome. It sounds like you need a blood transfusion. I hope your anemia has been investigated, meaning a cause found. At this point i don't think iron injections are appropriate. A blood tranfusion first, then iron for three months with monitoring. This is my opinion. You should discuss all options with your doctor. Take care. Read more...
Ask doctor. Either ask your physician or seek consult with hematologist. Read more...

I am currently raking iron supplements for iron anemia. It feels like they are not working! I am still feeling extremely fatigued what should I do?!

? Absorption problem. If you were diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia and prescribed iron, then there should be an absorption problem. Some forms of iron preparations are better absorbed than others. If you don't get better with change of other form of iron supplement , then may need to look for intravenous replacement. Please see a doctor to discuss the options. Read more...
See your Dr. ASAP,, If you've been taking these supplements and are still very fatigued, you should see your doctor asap. You may be taking too much or have something else going on. You also mentioned having difficulty breathing, for which you should also see your doctor right away. Whatever it is you must see your doctor fast for a complete work-up. Good luck. Read more...

What are treatments for idiopathic anemia sideroblastica when iron supplements do not work? Still no cause found but possible absorption problem. Thanks

Transfusion? In sideroblastic anemia, the body has iron available but can not incorporate it into hemoglobin which is needed to transport oxygen. It can be genetic (likely not in your case), acquired as a type of myelodysplastic syndrome, or the result of alcohol overuse, pyridoxine/B6 deficiency, lead poisoning, etc. Transfusion may be necessary; high dose B6 may be tried. Severe: bone marrow transplant. Read more...

What if an anemic child won't respond to iron supplements?

Other cause. If a child is anemic iron deficiency is the most common but should respond to iron. There are other causes other than iron deficiency. Ask your pediatrician. Further testing may need to be done to find out . Read more...
Wrong diagnosis? There are many causes of anemia. If a child had thalassemia (mutation in one of the hemoglobin genes), iron supplementation would not solve the problem. That being said, if a child truly has low iron levels and is anemic, the #1 cause of not responding to iron is either the dose is too low, or the child is not taking it. Iron is notoriously difficult for kids to take. Either way, talk to your doc. Read more...

How shall an anemic feel if they forget to take iron supplements?

How long. If they miss a day or two nothing. If they stop all together they will lower their blood hemoglobin levels and begin to feel weak again. Iron only helps so much, if you have anemia you should get a real work up as to why. Read more...

Is it ok to take iron supplements daily even if you are not anemic?

Optimize no overdose. What is your purpose for taking it? Too much of a good thing could be bad. There are even times when Doctors have to bleed patients to lower the Iron! If you want to "optimize" your function discuss it with your physician, were levels or Iron and Ferritin can be checked and treated if needed. You cannot accumulate extra in case you need it in the future. This is the case for most nutraceuticals. Read more...
Possibly. It is reasonable for a menatruating woman to take iron, usually an iron containing multi-vitamin. Higher dose iron should be for those are known to be deficient, are bleeding or maybe pregnant. Iron is a problem though for people with genetic diseases like hemochromatosis, chronic hepatitis and various blood diseases associated with anemia (not iron difficiency). . Read more...

What is the maximum dose os iron supplements used for treating anemia?

Type. Type of iron supplement is also important. Some are harsher than others. Stick with the polysaccharide kind and avoid the sulfate. Extra vitamin c helps iron absorption, so you may not need as much. Read more...