What do you take for iron

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Not2Spunky
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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I don't post much, but what does everybody take for iron. I am supposed to take Slow Fe 325mg 3 times a day. I just can't tolerate it but I need some sort of iron. What do you all take? Thank You, Kay
 I Love MY Chihuahua: Roxy
DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa and now Entocort.    


crohnielass
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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Kay I take a liquid form of Iron called Sytron 15mg 3 times a day i was on tabs but they weren't absorbing . i also take folic acid tab daily and have B12 shots every 3 months hope this helps. Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma. B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety)No maintainance drugs.


njmom
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   Posted 7/27/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Solgar's "Gentle Iron," 25 or 50 mg daily.

sjkly
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   Posted 7/27/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't take any of the ferrous sulfates. The sulfer makes me so sick to my stomach.
I can use the gentle iron or Vitron C which has vitamin C as well as iron to help absorb the iron and is what is recommeded by my doctor.

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 7/27/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
i have found solgar's gentle iron to be the best. right now i'm using 100 mg/d.

dont use ferrous sulfate - it will constipate you which will cause other abdominal problems.

vitamin c is supposed to help the absorption of iron. dont take calcium with iron - they compete.

animal (heme) iron sources are better than plant (non heme) iron sources if you are going to go the food route. your body absorbs more heme iron than non heme as it is more bioavailable. heme sources: red meat, liver, lamb, bison, etc. non heme - spinach (spinach is best cooked to break down phytates and oxalates), leafy greens, etc.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


pimfram
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   Posted 7/27/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I take a multivitamin with 18mg of iron. Seems to keep me in check.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007.
Hospitalized:
July 2007
August 2007
December 2008
January 2009
July 2009


Not2Spunky
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   Posted 7/27/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your replies. I already take a rx prenatal vit and my iron levels keep dropping. I am trying to avoid a tranfusion so I am on the search for a new iron. Is the Vitron and Sytron rx or otc? The iron rx's that I have been given are very costly so I amtrying to find one otc. Thank you so much. Kay
 I Love MY Chihuahua: Roxy
DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa and now Entocort.    


janicea
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   Posted 7/28/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Blood Builder -- it's heme Iron, meaning it comes only from vegatables like beet leaves. Works a wonder for me. NO side effects.
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
LDN 4.5mg ~ Boswellia Serrata ~ Olive Leaf extract ~ SCD yogurt. Done using silver sulfadiazine on Pyoderma, changed to steriod cream, PG 60% healed in 3 weeks . B-12 shots. Juicing veggies!


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 7/28/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
janicea -

if the iron source is from plants, it is NOT heme iron:

There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and nonheme. Heme iron is derived from hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells. Heme iron is found in animal foods that originally contained hemoglobin, such as red meats, fish, and poultry. Iron in plant foods such as lentils and beans is arranged in a chemical structure called nonheme iron. This is the form of iron added to iron-enriched and iron-fortified foods. Heme iron is absorbed better than nonheme iron, but most dietary iron is nonheme iron.
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


janicea
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   Posted 7/28/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for straightening me out on the heme iron. I clearly had no idea and I appreciate the info!

Here is the blurb for the plant-based iron I take in case anyone wants to give it a shot:

Blood Builder®
DailyFoods®
Vitamin & Mineral Formula
Gentle and Non-Binding As Nature Intended®
Supplement Facts
Iron is an essential mineral that is best supplied by FOOD. In Whole Foods, the mineral Iron is found with other beneficial factors intact, enhancing safety and utilization. Blood Builder® DailyFoods® is formulated with 100% Cold Fusion™ FoodState® nutrients, developed by Durham Research, Inc. Cold Fusion™ FoodState® nutrients have the inherent benefits of Vital Food Factors®, known as Nutrient Chaperones™. Nutrient Chaperones™ contain the plant intelligence necessary for all nutrient delivery and utilization. These nutrients have Food Chaperones, which facilitate utilization and reduce the potential for side-effects. Hydrilla verticillata is an important addition as one of nature's most plentiful sources of chlorophyll, vitamin B-12, copper and trace minerals. Blood Builder® DailyFoods® contains Beet Root traditionally revered for supporting the blood, as a whole 5:1 extract.

Cold Fusion™ FoodState® Iron is 100% Whole Food Containing Naturally Occurring Nutrient Chaperones™.
Suggested Use:
1 tablet daily. DailyFoods® Cold Fusion™ FoodState® nutrients are 100% Whole FOOD and can be taken at any time throughout the day, even on an empty stomach.

http://www.megafood.com/products/dailyfoods/blood_builder.php
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
LDN 4.5mg ~ Boswellia Serrata ~ Olive Leaf extract ~ SCD yogurt. Done using silver sulfadiazine on Pyoderma, changed to steriod cream, PG 60% healed in 3 weeks . B-12 shots. Juicing veggies!


fldirt
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   Posted 7/28/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Se-Vate 21/7 tabs. It is a Rx but have not had any problems with taking it. This and Entocort EC are the only things that are keeping my Hgb up. It containes Ferrous Asparto Glycinte 70 mg Ferrous Fumarate 81 mg along with Succinic acid, Vit. C, Vit. c complex,Folic acid & Vit. B12. It costs me around $32 monthly & insurance does not cover it because it is a Vitamin. But i think it is well worth the money as these are keeping me out of hospital

Not2Spunky
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   Posted 7/28/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your replies. I made my list and am out to shop for iron. Thank You, Kay
 RIP my beloved Chihuahua: Roxy
DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa.    


Valerie3
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   Posted 7/29/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Proferrin is the best I've found by FAR if you live in Canada. Don't think it's available elsewhere though, but it's a heme iron. Really expensive though.
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