Yes, Anemia is a very common side effect. You shouldn't have too much trouble with iron, except for possible constipation. You also need to take a certain type of iron supplement. Ferrous fulmate is the likely prescribed. The one my daughter takes is Palafer. Also, keep in mind that it can take up to 6 months to work.
I can't tolerate iron pills - I just get the infusions as needed. What a gift they are! No side effects, no daily pills, almost instant results, and long lasting. It's been 1.5 years since my last infusion and I'm still maintaining a normal level.
I hope you can find the right iron source for your daughter soon.
Post Edited (caroline_r) : 2/5/2009 3:25:20 PM (GMT-7)
Thanks, Caroline, for pointing out the connection between low B12 and low iron.
My daughter's serum iron and TSAT went wacky, even though her ferritin was OK and we were left scratching our heads until we figured out the timing concided with when her B12 dropped to 300 (despite supplements).Then we did the research and found out B12 is needed to be able to effectively use iron.