Can you recommend a iron supplement 342mg is what I need at least

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therearemiracles
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   Posted 12/8/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi is there a iron supplement that you would recommend? I need at least 324mg a day per my doctor. Thanks
Very mild left sided (could have fooled me with the "mild")  UC.Just found out 4 years into it I might have Lyme's Disease, going to a LLMD in December. Started and stopped LDN ON 1/25/09 to mid May no improvements. Tried Asacol, Pentesa, Colozol, Sulfasulsadine and Lialda, they made me worse. A range of antibiotics, not much better. Supplements: Threelac, multi, iron,Allimed Allicin, Apple Cider Vinegar, very low yeast/sugar/wheat  No UC meds at this time.


Willowrose
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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
When I have taken an OTC iron supplement, I used Floradix Floravital Iron & Herbs. It is easier on the stomach than straight iron. But a 2 tsp serving size of this is only 10 mg. This supplement can be taken twice a day, for a total of 20 mg elemental Iron from ferrous gluconate. If you need 324 mg a day, I don't know how you would get it using any OTC product I've seen. Is there a prescription dosage available to you? I have taken prescription iron before, but it bothered my stomach and tasted awful. What worked best for me was infused iron; that was definitely the easiest way to get a lot of iron quickly. I went to the infusion clinic weekly at first, and then tapered off to bi weekly and then monthly.

Rose
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Dagger
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   Posted 12/8/2009 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think you can get that much iron easily or cheaply with an OTC product. You may need a prescription. My insurance wouldn't pay for my prescription iron which was funny since it was only about $1.60/month.

When I had to take iron supplements, I took one prescription pill that was around 90 mg (I think) and an OTC pill called Heme-Plex, 85 mg elemental iron per day. The prescription iron constipated me and the OTC iron gave me diarrhea so it balanced out.

Any OTC iron you find will probably be really expensive at the dose you need. You'd need 4 Heme-Plex/day so it would cost you about $35.00/month. Based on what I paid for my prescription iron, you can probably get prescription iron for a lot less than the OTC stuff.

blessings723
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   Posted 12/10/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
ummm a dumb question from a lymie with brain fog- what foods contain iron? I know eggs do. I don't know if i'm low on iron but figured it wouldn't hurt to include those foods that have it in my diet. Thanks!
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Willowrose
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   Posted 12/10/2009 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Red meat, dark leafy greens, molasses...are a few that come to mind.

Rose
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blessings723
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   Posted 12/10/2009 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rose! Thanks! Well i do a green smoothie with lots of leafy greans- don't eat much red meat these days so i guess i better up the smoothies. Wow i didn't know molasses had iron!
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1bitten2xshy
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   Posted 12/11/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
A couple of things....

Make sure the iron states "Elemental Iron".

Then a wonderful catch 22...If you test positive for viruses such as EBV, HHV, CMV etc...be very cautious with iron as these viruses feed off of it.

I am in that catch 22. Does you BW show that you are at least producing anough red blood cells? I produce plenty...just tank in the iron stores department!
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Dagger
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   Posted 12/11/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Some molasses has more iron than others so read the label. Blackstrap has the highest but it varies among brands.
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