What you have been told is correct. It can take 1-2 months to actually see a spike in your Hg. And then once you reach a normal level you need to keep replenishing your iron levels for 6-12 months after being in the normal range because it needs to be stored in the body. I wouldn't be so worried about irritation to the GI tract. There are good Iron supplements out there that are slow releasing. So, I wouldn't worry to much. My Hg was down to 8.5 and it took many months to get it back to normal. This is all assuming it is due to a lack of Iron in the first place.
39 Year Old Male, Dentist
Dx: Ulcerative Colitis 1996 via colonscopy and biopsy. Pancolitis with chronic and moderate inflammation.
Started UC around 92.
Past Meds: Asacol and occasionally Prednisone
Have had 6 colonscopies throughout my hx with UC.
Current Meds: Imuran, started with 200 mg and recently lowered it to 150 mg
Most recent colonscopy 2009 after 6 months of Imuran, colon is 90% healed
Currently in remission
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