Best Iron Supplement for the gut

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melissam24
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   Posted 4/30/2009 2:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I need to start taking iron supplements, and was wondering if anyone knew of one that's really gentle on the tummy. I was just in the hospital all last month and don't need anything messing with my gut anytime soon again! Thanks.

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   Posted 4/30/2009 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I think Ferrum should work. It is supposed to be safe for stomach.
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Julie1014
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   Posted 4/30/2009 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI has me take a brand called Slow-FE. You can buy it at most stores. It is known to be slow released and gentle on the system. I haven't had any problems with it.
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camjames
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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Slow-Fe isn't bad, its slow release ferrous sulfate, if i can recall correctly. However, i believe those tablets can cost alittle more than normal iron tablets, so if your taking them longer term, you might want to try regular ferrous gluconate tablets. From my understanding, ferrous gluconate is less irritating than ferrous sulfate, partly cause theres less iron in ferrous gluconate. But I beleive the cost is less than 1/3 the cost of Slow-Fe. I had to take iron pills before, it kinda sucks. If you have a really bad time with the pills (constipation, cramping etc), you might wanna consider asking your doctor about an iron infusion, like an IV infusion in the hospital.

melissam24
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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I tried the iron infusion and had a severe reaction, i.e. hives, facial swelling, vomiting and back pain it was so scary! My heart was racing and my nurse got pretty scared when I was like "um, I think something's wrong" and showed her my arms that were completely broken out in hives and then I started throwing up all over the floor.... so no iron infusions for me!

janicea
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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
BloodBuilder brand Heme Iron. Veggie based. No issues.

Valerie3
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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Proferrin - heme iron polypeptide, naturally derived from cows I think. No side effects for me so far. It's relatively new though, and I don't think you can get it in the US, but I could be wrong

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   Posted 4/30/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Solgar's "Gentle Iron."

fimk
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   Posted 4/30/2009 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I get better absorbtion with liquid supplements. I take a liquid iron and gelcap multivitamin. Take the iron on a full stomach to lessen any stomach issues. $4.99 a 16oz bottle. Ferrous Sulfate Elixir.
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spookyh
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   Posted 4/30/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Chelated iron is supposed to be easy on the gut. I've taken it on occasion, and tolerate it much better than any other iron supplement I've been on. I usually get iron infusions when my hemoglobin is low though.

Also, take iron with vitamin C. It absorbs better that way.
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Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
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Kittikatt
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   Posted 5/1/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
fimk: where do you (personally) purchase this liquid iron, "Ferrous Sulfate Elixir"? How many times a day do you take it and how much "daily value %" is in it?

What about the gelcap multivitamin? Where do you get it and is it supposed to absorb better than a regular caplet as well?

I'm asking because I'm on 3, Ferrous Sulfate caplet/pills a day which amounts to 975mg of Iron/day. PLUS I get 100% of the recommended daily value in a multi-vitamin (pill form) which is only 18mg!!

It shocks me that the recommended daily value of Iron for women my age is 18mg and I'm taking about 55 TIMES that amount daily and my Iron levels are still low after being on this amount for over a year. Crazy.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
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Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
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   Posted 4/29/2014 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I had great luck with Fergon
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   Posted 4/29/2014 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Justin021 said...
However I would like to add that it is difficult to supplement the mentioned food sources on a daily lifestyle. That is why I take vita4life’s iron supplements. These are FDA approved best iron supplements.


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