Ferrous Sulphate - side effects

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littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 4/17/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
smhair  have recently been taking ferrous sulphate prescribed to me for my appartent lack of iron.
 
Since I started to take them I have had periods when I have felt slightly dizzy/lightheaded, and ever so slightly nauseous.
Im not sure if this is a side effect of this medication or if it is something else. I have read the information that came with the tablets but cannot see this is a side effect.
 
Has anyone else had this kind of problem.
 
I can feel ok for a few hours then it just comes on like a wave.  Its usually in the afternoon or at night.
 
Prior to this I was feeling pretty well since starting on Infliximab in Oct 08.
 
You folks will know that there is nothing worse than some other problem as well as crohns. I get very agitated when I start to feel unwell and get depressed.Sometimes I worry I am imaginging extra symptons. I am waiting for CBT therapy to start in June.
Its like at the slightest sign that I feel unwell I start to panic that I am on a downwood spiral again
 
 
Thanks everyone

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 4/17/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
ok that is just iron replacement, kinda like taking a vitiman. It can make you a bit sick feeling because it can be hard to digest. I do not know what is going on with the dizziness.  I wonder if it is all part of just not being able to digest it.  I do not think you are imagining this. I think we just need to figure out how to help you digest this.  How about taking it just before bed?


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sammies
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   Posted 4/17/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
the nausea and light-headedness are symptoms of low iron--along with weakness, shortness of breath, seeing "stars." As you gather more from the ferrous sulfate tablets, these should subside. However, very much worth talking to your doc about this. The only side effects i ever had from ferrous sulfate were constipation and gas but they subsided as my body got used to it. I've been taking iron pills for as long as I can remember! Good luck!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


sjkly
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   Posted 4/17/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I get those symptoms from taking sulfer in any form. Ask you doctor if you can switch to vitron C-a form of iron without sulfer that is easier to digest and absorb. It does cost more then ferrous sulfate-about 15.00 for 60 pills-most people take 1 per day 2 if your iron is really low. It is high potency though so you should ask your doctor before switching.

littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 4/18/2009 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Sammies - I didnt have any dizzy spells or feel sick before i started to take the ferrous sulphate. In fact you would never had know I was low in iron as I felt pretty gud and did not have any of the symtoms.

MMMNavy - am supposed to take tablets 3 times per day with food so Im not sure that I could take them all before I went to bed - it is certainly worth thinking about.

All really winds me up because I felt fine before I started taking them, typical eh.

And to top it all last night I started to feel flu like symptoms and was freezing. Then I get up this morning and its gone, not the first time this has happened. Think I must be a freak of nature.


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Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections, asacol


crohnielass
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   Posted 4/18/2009 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I to was on those tablets but was taken off  them as they didn't seem to be working was still feeling faint and no energy my gp said they weren't absorbing in the body because they are sugarcoated and when i had bloods checked i was still aneamic now take lqiuid iron and have no probs Bev x

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   Posted 4/18/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I definately would not suggest taking them all at once.
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littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 4/19/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   

I feel I owe everyone an apology. It seems I am a complete dope.

I was sorting out my medication box this morning when I came across some old tablets. Except they werent really old it was just that I had for some reason forgotten to take them. I have no idea why - maybe when I started the ferrous sulphate I just got mixed up. They were anti depressants and I am not supposed to stop them suddenly, I do not remeber takind them whilst on the iron tablets.

I really am a wally, I reed the lsit of side effects for when you stop taking them suddenly and there are all my symptoms.  I fell much better just knowing what and why.

 

Sorry if I have wasted anyones times, its really not like me to be so forgetful- I am normally so organised


Diagnosed 2005.
 
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections, asacol


Bammer
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   Posted 4/19/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
You are not a dope, you are smart for figuring it out. Just a reminder for people to keep track of their medications.

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Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
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ROIDS
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   Posted 4/19/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
This is taken from the http://breakingtheviciouscycle.info/knowledge_base/kb/iron_supplements.htm

Taking oral iron, in my experience, is not a great idea. Iron supplement have always caused me GI problems, pain, cramping, etc. Iron can be very harsh on the gut and may catalyze oxidative reactions which can damage the surface of the intestines. Furthermore, many pathogens thrive on iron - and by taking oral iron you may be adding to the bacteria overgrowth problem that the SC Diet is trying to quell.

Iron shots (which I had when I was younger) are painful, but at least bypass the problem of iron on the gut.

There are certain supplements you can take to help absorb iron better. For one, Vitamin C binds to iron in food and helps facilitate the transportation of iron across the intestines into the bloodstream. Lactoferrin, a protein the body uses to bind to iron, can also be useful if taken by supplement. It binds tightly to iron, keeping it from catalyzing oxidative reactions, keeping it away from pathogenic bacteria, and also helps the body absorb the iron. Lactoferrin supplements can be expensive.

Finally, having low levels of iron, as long as it is not impacting your energy levels, is not a bad thing. High iron levels have been implicated in heart disease - whether this has anything to do with infections, which I think it does, is controversial. But nonetheless, having more iron is not good when it comes to heart disease. We have known that women seem to be protected from heart disease until they hit menopause. It was always thought that estrogen was the protecting factor. However, researchers recently found that this was not the case. Women on hormone therapy after menopause were not protected. Now the current thinking is that it is the menses that lead to lower levels of iron that protects woman from heart disease. So after menopause and the menses stop, iron levels build back up and woman are at risk again.

So my non-medical advice would be to not worry about iron supplementation unless it is causing anemia and interfering with your energy levels, etc.

I would talk to your doc and see where your Iron deficiency is coming from. You may want to try and get some kind of a shot instead of taking them orally that way you bypass the gut.

I hope that by posting another website I didnt break any rules just showing where the information I was posting came from. Hope that helped!

onthecan
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   Posted 4/19/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all i was on iron injections but got an infection a celi in both checks of my bum and it would just leak out so they tried to Z track it and it held,but my iron levels keep on dropping so now i get iron infusions through my port and thats alot better,but when iwas on the iron pills years ago they gave me awfull pain in my stomache but the infusions by pass the gut so they don't cause stomache upset. Sometimes when my iron is really low they give me blood is that something that could help you. Your Friend Jenn yeah
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.

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