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Not2Spunky
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   Posted 8/4/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I just ordered Solger Gentle Iron Vcaps 25mg. I took them to my GI today and he said I need to take at least 3-4 (recc dose is 1) per day as he had me on 325MG of Slow Fe three times a day. But I can not handle that. Is the dosing the same??? Or do I really need to take that much of the Solger's Iron. Thank You, KayC 
 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.    


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 8/4/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
no, the dosing is not the same because the iron is in a different form (iron bisglyconate vs ferrous sulfate, if i am not mistaken). the doc can and should recalc this for you. right now i take 100 mg/d of solgar gentle iron. they wanted me to take ferrous sulfate but i refused. i told them what i was taking and what not and they recalced it for me to get the right dosage. your body can only absorb so much of anything at one time, especially minerals as their uptake is slow. imho, 325 mg of iron is ridiculous, but then i'm not a doctor....
Crazy Harry

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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
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Keeper
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   Posted 8/4/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I wonder about Slow-Fe... One of the limiting factors for bacterial growth is iron. Using a time released form of iron will supply gut bacteria with all the iron they need for growth. In addition, almost all your iron absorption happens in the duodenum and while there is some formation of feritin in the gut lining, it is almost entirely lost due to tissue sloughing in the gut. The factor that causes poor iron uptake is the inflammation associated with chronic disease. This is well known and applies to many chronic illnesses. There are a number of adverse effects related to iron's impact on oxidative processes which may actually make inflammation worse.

I have never heard it suggested in this forum that iron deficiency be treated by iron supplements as well as erythropoeitin, but that is probably the only way short of iron infusions to increase iron stores. Erythropoeitin is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compound that promotes the formation of red blood cells. It also regulates the inflammatory oxidative processes catalysed by iron. Has anyone ever had their doctor prescribe iron PLUS erythropoeitin?

Sorry for the jargon - I have just been reading more information about iron than you would ever want to see. (Iron Behaving Badly) It is mainly concerned with problems due to excess iron, but it does touch on deficiencies as well.

Post Edited (Keeper) : 8/6/2009 2:28:57 PM (GMT-6)


Not2Spunky
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   Posted 8/6/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the replys. The Dr had me 325 mg three times a day. So he said I would need to take so much of the Solgens but he didn't say how much. I guess I need to know how much to take. My HBG is 10.6 so it's not to bad. Thanks again, KayC
 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.    

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