I don't know why so many doctors prescribe ferrous gluconate or sulfate with no regard to the absorbability or the effects. Basically, that dose of ferrous sulfate makes you go the bathroom a lot but does very little for your anemia. You should be taking "CHELATED" iron as the chelation process makes it much more absorbabe and so that it won't be counteracted by other drugs or vitamins. Aside from that, you need to take a really healthly dose of ester c and vitamin b12. The b12 works directly with the iron to make sure more of it is absorbed and utilized by the body! I say "ester" c vs. regular ascorbic acid as it is MUCH easier on your tummy and again,you will absorb much more of it. Again, without a long disertation in "why", lets just say that the c works with the b12 specifically to support your "iron" absorbtion and utiliztion. Take these two for a week with your iron and I'll wager your anemia is substantially reduced.
500mg of metformin 3 times a day is not a huge dose. There are many people that take at least a 1000mg. at least twice a day. However, make sure you take it with a meal vs. on an empty tummy as it will surely increase your gastric distress. Im guessing that the lunch time dose is probably pretty ineffective in the overally scheme of things and is probably just prescribed to keep the overall level in your blood stream constant. Other, than that, it just takes time to get used to metformin. If you have diarrhea for more than two weeks, talk to your doctor.
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