Digestive Issues Post Gall Bladder Removal

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KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/13/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new to healingwell.com.

I had my gall bladder out about two and a half years ago. It took me a long time to get to more than one meal a day because of loss of appetite. I recently found out that I have hypoglycemia and I need to eat 6-8 small meals a day. So, I need to stick to a high protein/complex carbohydrate diet.

Anyway, I've been having digestive issues ever since I've had my GB removed. And I feel like I can never be more than a few minutes away from a bathroom at all time. I go to the bathroom 4-7 times a day, usually. Sometimes 2-3 times, depending on if I'm having a good day or not. I've been taking Welchol since my GB was removed... And my doctor told me that I should try to ween myself off of it... But I can't. I seem to have terrible digestion when I do. Although some days I'll eat pizza and digest it fine and the next day I'll have the same kind of pizza and I'll digest it horribly.

Since finding out that I'm hypoglycemic (which was march 4th) and that I have to eat foods high in proteins... I'm having way more difficulty digesting anything. And I'm getting very frustrated with it. And I don't want to eat anything anymore for fear of how I'll digest it. But I need to eat 6-8 small meals a day to keep my glucose levels up.

Is there any advice anyone can give me? Is anyone going through the same thing?

Denny
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   Posted 3/13/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there.,,

Just a quick question...why is your doctor advising you to wean off of Welchol...especially if it's been helping you? I've been on Questran (cholestyamine) for many many years now, and I was advised that I can, and most likely will be on it for life. Is it somehow interacting with your hypoglycemia? I had my gallbladder removed in 1992. I suffered quite a few years before a GI suggested Questran, and it's been a Godsend. Doesn't mean I don't still have issues once in awhile, but.....

As far as being able to eat something one day, and not the next...been there, done that. I bet alot of us have.

It's been more than two years since your surgery, so you're probably one of the very few, like myself, that may have chronic bile salt diarrhea, and it's not a picnic. The bile binding resin will certainly let you live a more full and productive life..not to mention happier and less stressful one.

If your doctor didn't explain why he/she wants you off of it, you should find out. And I'd love to know the explanation if you want to share.

KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/14/2008 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
No it's not interfering with my hypoglycemia. He's just one of those doctors that doesn't really like a person to rely on medication. He's also been my family doctor for about 17 years, so he's like a crazy Uncle to me. It's not like he's going to cut me off. If I tell him that I still need it then he'll prescribe it to me.

So, if I have the chronic bile salt diarrhea, what do I do? Will I ever be able to do things again? Right now I always in the bathroom... Will I ever be able to change this?

Denny
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   Posted 3/14/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Is the Welcol helping at all in making your BMs more formed and less frequent? Are the BMs yellowish, burny and pretty loose/watery? If they are, chances are bile is an issue. Usually after GB removal, it can take the body several months to adapt to not having the GB to 'store' the bile anymore. After more than 2 years, and you're still suffering from life altering bouts of diarrhea, it seems like bile salt diarrhea may be a strong possibility. You may want to seek the opinion of a GI specialist, not your family doctor. I'm not saying at all that your family doctor doesn't have your wellbeing at heart..I'm sure he does. But specialists are specialists for a reason. And if he has your wellbeing at heart, he won't mind you seeking more help in getting your symptoms under control.

Bile going directly into your small intesting, instead of being released slowly by the GB is more or less like a 'soap enema'..continally cleaning your system out. This can be extremely irritating to your GI, thus the constant diarrhea.

If you've read any of LNAPE's posts here, or elsewhere, she gives a detailed explanation and her own history. Calcium supplements helped her manage her symptoms. For some people, that regiment works wello. For others, more may need to be done, as in my own case.

No, you shouldn't have to live like this the rest of your life, but you will have to become proactive about your own health, and that means dealing with your family doctor in a business like manner, not a family member manner, and more than likely seeing a specialist to help deal with what is going on with your body.

If you stay on the Welchol, or try something different...remember that it takes time and some 'tweaking' may be necessary to find the right dosage or combination that works for you. Not everything works for every person, or the same dosage either.

Watch your diet..stay away from rich, greasy, fatty foods and continue to check out these other possibilities.

I've tried going off my Questran, and within a day or so, I was back to square one, so I know I'll have to be on it for a lifetime, unless research comes up with a different avenue.

KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/14/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Welchol does help... But it seems that I still have the urgency to go quite a bit. They are yellowish. They don't burn... Unless I'm on my seventh trip to the bathroom.

I've been wanting to see a GI specialist... But the best one near me is about and hour and a half away. I know I have to get there. It's just those long car rides are torture for me.

Sarita
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   Posted 3/14/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Korn,
I feel your pain. I had chronic diarrhea before my gallbladder was removed in 2005, but have had it afterwards too, so it's hard for me to tell what it is exactly. But mine is pretty unpredictable as well. Can't seem to find a pattern (and oh, how I've tried). Have you tried taking low-dose Imodium or something like Lomotil (similar to Imodium) on a daily basis or on the "worse" days? Sometimes it's as simple as that. Taking a low dose of those (like one tablet) is generally not an issue unless you become constipated. If the binding resin is what does it for you, the only thing you have to be wary of is taking it at the same time as other medications, as it can interfere with absorption of those meds.

I would definitely get a GI doc on board; like Denny said, they specialize in the gut, which is a ridiculously complex system (just like all of our systems are) and they have much more detailed knowledge about the "inner workings," so to speak.
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KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/14/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I do take an immodium... But I try not to because I don't want to take it some much that it loses effect.

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   Posted 3/14/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
For the frequency/urgency issue I talked to my regular doc about trying a lose dose antidepressant, as I had read that some people found relief from frequent/urgent bowel movements. The particular one I had read about was Elavil (amitryptaline-generic). I believe if you were clinically depressed, the dosage would be near 100mg. For the bowel issues it was suggested 25mg. The internal medicine MD didn't have a problem with me trying it, since she knew my history of IBS/post-GB removal issues. There was no way I could handle the low dose of 25mg..made me way too loopy and in la-la land, it worked way too well in the bowel dept. So I've been on a reduced amt of 12mg right before bed, and it's done the trick with the urgency/frequency problem. As Sarita mentioned, low dosing of Immodium can also be of help, especially if you're going through a rough time, or you know that travelling is not an easy thing to do. For myself, I take 1/2 tablet of Immodium everyday before I go to work.

I am a person that was pretty much homebound for years. I am now working fulltime after almost 2 decades of not feeling well enough to leave the house. So remember there is always hope...just persevere, be proactive and patient. We may never be 'normal' as some of us can slightly remember 'normal' being...but we can strive to be a heck of a lot better than what we've been living. That's what you have to keep in mind.

So if the Welchol is helping the BMs to be more solid and formed, perhaps suggest to your Dr or a GI specialist that you'd like to try a course of low dose elavil and see if it helps you the same way with the urgency and frequency. It may take some convincing on your part, and suggesting he/she do some research on the internet about the different ways that GI sufferers are finding relief. As with any antidepressant you never want to go into it fast or stop it cold. You wean yourself off if you decide not to stay on it. I stopped it cold once, and I had no adverse side effects but it's not suggested you do that. I wanted to see if I needed to stay on (since I was doing so good). And yup...I found out if I didn't want to be in the bathroom quite a bit I had to be on it. You really don't mind taking these medications if you find that change the quality of life for you.

Of course, it's a personal decision you'll have to make, and your Dr would have to make sure it wouldn't interfere with any other medication/health issue you might have. And like I've said before, what works for one, may not work for another.

Sarita also mentioned about taking Welchol or Questran when taking other medications or supplements. Please remember her advice..it is important if you're taking other medicines.

PS: I've been taking Immodium for more years than I can remember, and the only time it's effects seem lessened, is when I eat really, REALLY bad food for my sensitive system. You would have to tweak it's dosage to find what's right for you...and that can take some time and some frustration. Unless you abused the dosage, I don't believe it could loose it's effectiveness, but that's only my experience/opinion. If you were totally abusing the recommended dosage, then you'd be asking for trouble.

lnape
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   Posted 3/15/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
This is what has helped me for more than 9 years with almost daily attacks of urgent diarrhea after having my Gall Bladder removed. Calcium is known to be constipating so if you are that IBS type do not take it. All calcium is not the same. Here is the what and how to take the calcium information if you suffer from diarrhea.

Calcium is an OTC supplement we all do not usually get enough of. No Rx is needed to purchase this.

When you take calcium about 40% of the dose gets to the bones the rest is eliminated in our waste. The calcium goes to the intestines and soaks up excess fluids and binds them together and they are gotten rid of in our waste.

This is a process that can be continued by taking the calcium carbonate on a daily basis thus giving a more formed BM.

There is calcium carbonate which helps us with diarrhea and there is calcium citrate which is more easily absorbed by the body and gets to the bones but is not as helpful in controlling diarrhea.

A lot of the calcium supplements contain a 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Magnesium is not helpful for us with diarrhea only causing more in most cases. So, do not purchase this combination. It will only make things worse. Also if you are taking a multi vitamin with magnesium this may be a source of some of the problem if you are having diarrhea. Also for me vitamin C and E seemed to cause me stomach upset.

The dose to take is different for everyone. I must take 3 a day one at each meal and it does not make a difference if I take it before during or after just take it regularly. Taking them at least 4 or 5 hours apart is also necessary so the calcium has time to go through the system and soak up excess bile and water. Sometimes, because of the long number of hours between dinner and breakfast it may be necessary to adjust your timing to taking one at bedtime with a small snack to get better results if you are a person who usually suffers from diarrhea in the mornings.

The most success has come from using any formula of calcium supplement that is like Caltrate 600 Plus with Vitamin D and Minerals in the purple and white box. This information is from the many users that have sent me emails and of the posters on the web site. I hope this will help anyone wishing to try it and I am always here to answer any questions for you. I have a lot of feed back form many users.

You must also have some testing done to be sure you are not dealing with anything more serious. This is most important.

There are other things to consider. If you take any other meds check the side effects and also check with the Doctor or Pharmacist to see if taking calcium will interfere with your other medications and how you might take them. I know if you take thyroid meds it is important not to take the calcium at the same time but maybe 4 hours apart. The calcium will soak up the thyroid medication and you will not be getting the benefit from it. You should also look at the side effects of any other meds you may be on this can contribute to the success or failure of using calcium to help to control your diarrhea. You may also consider if you are constipated and taking calcium this may be the reason for your constipation. You can most likely switch to another form of calcium to relieve this also.

The only side effect is at the beginning of taking the calcium, you may have some gas or indigestion but this usually goes away soon after taking a regular dose for a few days as your body adjusts to the added calcium.

Starting with 1/2 tablet doses with each meal will lessen this problem and it may be enough to control the diarrhea attacks without making you constipated.

Constipation can be a problem so be careful not to take too much. It is safe for most of us to take 1800 mg a day as long as your body processes calcium correctly and you do not have some underlying problem. Check with your Doctor.

I had my gall bladder removed in 1976 and from that time on I had suffered urgent attacks of diarrhea. Went through a lot of test but nothing else could be found. I took many of the meds for bowel spasms and cramps over the years but nothing ever seemed to help. I started to take a calcium supplement to help prevent bone loss in later years and from the first day I felt relief. I was pretty much a prisoner to the bathroom or had to go without eating to be able to leave the house.

I must take 1 tablet with each meal and the diarrhea does not come back if I miss taking it I get diarrhea. It is a trial and error situation to find the right amount that may help you.

The way it works is the calcium carbonate it a binder and when you take it only about 40% of the calcium gets to the bones and the rest is gotten rid of in our waste. During that process it gets to the intestines and soaks up excess bile and water and helps give a more solid BM. Now that you have no gall bladder the bile fluid goes directly into the intestines and causes irritation and diarrhea. The calcium carbonate soaks this up and no more diarrhea. It works great for a lot of us and you just have to take the calcium regularly and do not miss.

I started with Caltrate 600 Plus with vitamin D and minerals and it does seem to make a difference in the ingredients of calcium... This one seems to do the best job for most. You can buy other store brands of calcium with the same ingredients that work just as well but they need to have the same ingredients. I get Member's Mark Brand from Sam's Club you get 300 tablets for 8.99. Let me know if you need more help. You won't be sorry if you try it.

I suggest starting with 1/2 tablet with each meal at first this may be enough to control the diarrhea if not in a few days up the dose to 1 tablet with each meal or any combination there of. The side effect is constipation so if you feel it coming on just cut the dose. It is important to use a calcium that is as much alike as the Caltrate brand from the feedback I have gotten.

Let me list the ingredients:

Vitamin D 400 IU (The sunshine vitamin needed to help the body absorb calcium)

Calcium 500 or 600 MG (This should be calcium carbonate form) (Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. It is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth. Calcium is vital to muscle and nerve function, blood clotting and metabolism.)

Magnesium 50 MG (No more than this amount because magnesium will cause you to have diarrhea but because calcium is constipating the magnesium helps to counter act that effect) (Magnesium is essential to build bones and is needed for muscle function, energy metabolism, trans-mission of nerve impulses and to make genetic material and protein.)

Zinc 7.5 MG (Zinc is necessary for some metabolic processes, normal growth and sexual development, and proper immune system functions.)

Copper 1 MG (Copper promotes iron absorption and is essential to red blood cells, connective tissue, fibers and skin pigmentation.)

Manganese 1.8 MG (Maganese plays an important role in metabolism and is also needed to build bones and tendons.)

Boron 250 MCG. (Improves calcium and magnesium retention. Similar improvements can also be seen in Vitamin D deficient post-menopausal females.)

There are other brands with the same ingredients so get something as close as you can. Then start with 1/2 tablet with each meal and in a few days if this is not enough to control your diarrhea then up the dose to 1 tablet with each meal. If you feel you are becoming constipated then cut back on the dose. You may have to stop the calcium completely then start back after you have a BM at a lower dose.

It has been working since the first day I started taking it July 1998 and as long as I take 3 a day (this is the amount I must take it may be different for you) I remain diarrhea free. No cramps, bloating or diarrhea.
The dose you take with each meal is not the dose that is helping you at that meal it is the prior ones that have time to works their way through you system to soak up excess bile and water in the intestines.

It also works for those of you who still have the gall bladder.

Take Care,

Linda

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Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


Keriamon
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   Posted 3/18/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Welchol for 4 years now and would never let anyone take me off of it!  If I don't have it, I have diarrhea more often than not.  When I'm on it, I am almost normal in what I can eat.  I certainly have a better/easier time of it than most everyone else on here with IBS.  I also take the Caltrate 600 w/ Vitamin D, although it's not enough alone to control my D.
 
My GI doctor told me to take as many Welchol pills as I needed to stop the D.  I normally take two a day, but depending on how I'm functioning, one a day might be normal.  This past week I ate all sorts of naughty things, was under a lot of stress, and was coming off antibiotics, so my guts are all screwed up.  So I'm taking three Welchols a day until I can get myself straightened back out.  I once had to take 4 (!) when I had some biscuits and gravy and couldn't get my diarrhea to stop (needless to say, biscuits and gravy are on my "never again" list). 
 
There have been a couple of people on here taking upwards of 6 pills a day.  If you are still having some diarrhea and urgency problems, then you need more Welchol, not less.  I liken it to insulin: each person needs a different amount based on that person's system, what they are eating, and the stress and other factors in their lives.  If your doctor doesn't want you to have the Welchol anymore, then I suggest you do find a GI who is willing to work with you on it. 
 
I'm the first person to not want to have to take medicine regularly, and I would rather find some way to get around having to take it, but I haven't found anything in 5 years of not having a GB that works as well and as consistently as the Welchol, so I have braced myself to being on it for life (or until they grow me a new GB in a petri dish or fetal pig).  There are somethings in life that require lifetime medicine in order to have good quality of life.  See my reference above to insulin! 

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   Posted 3/18/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with Keriamon.  I also tried going without the Questran and I think it took less than 24 hours for me to see that it just wasn't going to work.  I have no problem with the idea of taking it for a lifetime.  If they come out with something that could eliminate the need , great...but no one now could take it away from me.  It was the single most important thing in my battle...and I had IBS before the gallbladder ever came out.

KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/19/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
So, I can take the Calcium Carbonate and Welchol at the same time?

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   Posted 3/20/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, just remember that you may need to do quite a bit of 'tweaking' of the dosage until you find the right ratio for your system. Start with the smallest dosage and work from there. Go slowly, give it a few days each, and up the amt if necessary until you find what works for YOU.

KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/20/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for all of the information. I had felt so alone for the longest time.

Keriamon
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   Posted 3/20/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I take my calcium at night, just before bed, because the only real medical interaction with Welchol (or Questran or Colestaid) is that they interfere with the absorption of some things, incluind fat-soluable vitamins (I've been on Welchol so long I have to take a multi-vitamin to counteract that effect, although it took a couple of years of being on it for that to develop). As I want to absorb the calcium (and vitamins), I take them at night and then take my Welchol first thing in the morning. That gives me time to absorb the calcium before I put the Welchol in (also, Welchol works best for me first thing).

Although, come to think of it, I did tend to get better gut results when I took my calcium in the morning with the Welchol. I probably wasn't absorbing much of the calcium, but it did do its job while flowing through my guts--that is absorbing excess water.

KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/24/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had heartburn after taking the calcium carbonate?

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   Posted 3/24/2008 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes you can get indigestion and gas when you first start but I suggest taking 1/2 tablet with 3 daily meals for the first 3 days and this will give you time to get adjusted without too much discomfort. You can take simethicone for the gas but be careful not to take anything with magnesium in it this will give you diarrhea.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/25/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
What kind of discomfort? I've notived that I'm have some minor stomach cramps. Is that normal for the first few days?

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   Posted 3/25/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes that is normal the cramps is probably gas and if it is bothersome try simethicone for that.

It should go away in about 3 days of taking the calcium 3 times a day with food.

Linda
Suffered Urgent Diarrhea Attacks After Having Gall Bladder Removed in 1976. This is now controlled by taking Calcium Carbonate.


KornRoachChick
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   Posted 3/31/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok. I've been taking the calcium carbonate... And I finally upped the dosage to 1 full pill with every meal. Today, I had just a bad digestion day. And I started looking at the my other medications/supplements. I am prescribed to take a ferro sequels iron supplement once a day. (Magnesium is an ingredient.) I need to take it because I have anemia. Do you think my digestion issues today are linked to the ferro sequels?

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   Posted 3/31/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
You may very well being experiencing digestive problems from taking the iron andyou are not supposed to take the calcium with it.

Ferro-Sequels

Generic Name: Ferrous Fumarate/Docusate Controlled-Release Tablets (FER-us FYOO-ma-rate/DOK-yoo-sate)
Brand Name: Ferro-Sequels

Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children younger than 6 years of age. Keep this product out of the reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

Ferro-Sequels is used for:

Treating and preventing low levels of iron in the blood. It also may be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Ferro-Sequels is a combination essential body mineral and stool softener. It works by replacing iron in your body if your body does not produce enough on its own. The stool softener helps to decrease the constipation associated with iron products.
Do NOT use Ferro-Sequels if:

* you are allergic to any ingredient in Ferro-Sequels
* you have high levels of iron in your blood
* you have appendicitis

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Ferro-Sequels :

Some medical conditions may interact with Ferro-Sequels . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

* if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
* if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
* if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
* if you have inflammation of the colon, Crohn disease, digestive problems, ulcers, certain types of anemia or any blood disease such as porphyria, or a history of bowel blockage
* if you have had multiple blood transfusions
* if you currently have stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ferro-Sequels . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

* Doxycycline, mycophenolate, penicillamine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because the effectiveness of these medicines may be decreased
* Mineral oil because its absorption may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ferro-Sequels may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Ferro-Sequels :

Use Ferro-Sequels as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

* Ferro-Sequels is absorbed better on an empty stomach, but may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach.
* If you are also taking a bisphosphonate (eg, alendronate), cephalosporin (eg, cephalexin), penicillamine, quinolone (eg, ciprofloxacin), or tetracycline (eg, minocycline) along with Ferro-Sequels , you may need to space the doses several hours apart. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how much time is needed between doses of Ferro-Sequels and your other medicines.
* Swallow Ferro-Sequels whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
* Do not take Ferro-Sequels within 1 hour before or 2 hours after antacids, eggs, whole grain breads or cereal, milk, milk products, coffee, or tea.
* Take Ferro-Sequels with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Ferro-Sequels .
* If you miss a dose of Ferro-Sequels , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ferro-Sequels .
Important safety information:

* Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
* Do not take Ferro-Sequels for longer than 6 months without checking with your doctor.
* Ferro-Sequels may cause your stools to darken. This is normal. If you notice a sudden change in bowel movements that lasts for 2 weeks or more, check with your doctor.
* Ferro-Sequels contains a stool softener. Do not take any other laxative or stool softener products without first checking with your doctor or pharmacist.
* LAB TESTS, including blood tests and iron levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
* Use Ferro-Sequels with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
* PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Ferro-Sequels during pregnancy. Ferro-Sequels is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Ferro-Sequels , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Ferro-Sequels :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Bitter taste; constipation; diarrhea; green stools; nausea; stomach upset; throat irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; blood or streaks of blood in the stool; fever; vomiting with continuing sharp stomach pain.
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   Posted 3/31/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info, lnape!

Yes, iron supplements can cause stomach upset. Do you know what is causing your anemia?
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KornRoachChick
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   Posted 4/1/2008 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not. I had always been slightly anemic. And then at my next scheduled blood testing I was anemic in iron and b12. He started me on the iron supplement about 7 or 8 months ago. And we talked about b12 injections. But I haven't had to have those yet. Taking the iron boosted my b12... But it didn't even bring my iron level up a whole point. (.9 or something like that.)

I was taking the half a dose of the caltrate, and it seemed to have been working (or my digestion was better than normal, I should say) while I was still taking the ferro sequels. And then on Saturday this past weekend I started taking the full dosage of the caltrate with every meal because my digestion was not longer as good. And it hasn't been good. I was actually freaking out thinking that I wasn't going to get anywhere with the calcium. The only other pills I take are orthotricyclen (which I need to take to regulate my menstrual cycle), naprosyn (for my headaches), welchol, and the ferro sequels. And I looked up the ingredients and found out that it had the magnesium in it.

So, I think I'll stop taking my iron pills - which will make me sleepy... Any advice on what I could eat that's hypoglycemic/IBS friendly that'll boost my iron?

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/1/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Red meat is the thing for low iron.

It's not getting near "that time of the month" is it? Almost all the female IBSers here have problems with their guts when their period is either on its way or here; it seems to always mess up the guts.

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   Posted 4/1/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
It's actually that time right now. I started Monday and won't be done until at least Saturday.
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