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   Posted 2/23/2011 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   

My son, who has colitis was advised to take Forvia Vitamins which he has been taking for awhile.
Lately though, he has been feeling very tired,,,and was having stomach pains...
He also has been on Remicade for 2 years. He thought he was anemic,,,and went to his doctor
and asked to have his iron intake tested,, What a shock to learn he had IRON OVERLOAD.
It was making him very sick,,,and is very dangerous. His regular internist told him to quit the
Forvia immediately and also Vit. C as it absorbs the Iron...also he has to have his blood
drawn out..he donated a pint of blood today. He will have his blood checked again in a month and
will continue to have blood removed until he reaches correct levels.
I just wanted people who are taking Forvia to be aware of this potential to overload on the Iron since
it contains 170% of a recommended daily need...which is to much..plus, if you eat a lot of red meat or
other foods high in iron. If you are feeling really tired,,,and just not well,,,consult your Primary doctor
to check your iron levels...Rarely does a doctor bother to check it during regular blood tests. My son
never had his iron checked with all the blood tests he has had.

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   Posted 2/23/2011 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks cra43 for the information. I've really started checking the different meds and supplements that I take to make sure that there are no interactions. I hadn't thought much about it before, but I started taking a new medication, and it said that taking a certain OTC medication might cause an interaction with the medication. So you just never know and better to be cautious and check out interactions and side effects! Hope your son is feeling better soon.

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   Posted 2/23/2011 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
cra -
I fixed the spelling on the thread title.

Thanks for posting this..... gosh, we've been wondering what's been wrong with my son for a while; I may ask about his iron levels (he just underwent a slew of blood tests)
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   Posted 2/23/2011 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad to hear that your son got caught in time from the overload. How old is your son btw?

I have my iron checked every time I go in to see my GI. I was on Forvia for years with no issues but I've always been borderline anemic anyway. I had to stop taking it because of financial reasons and I am bordering on anemia again.

I do know though, that males require less iron then females.
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   Posted 2/23/2011 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Same thing happened to me with the B vitamins. I had blood taken and my doctor called me in the office to tell me to stop taking it. My B levels were off the charts. Be very careful when taking this. Please use this vitamin under doctor supervision.
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   Posted 2/23/2011 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same thing happen with my B12 levels. My doctor had me go off of any type of multivitamin for a few months. Now I just take a Flintstones :)
I wonder if my joint pain was associated with very high B12 levels. A few months after stopping Forvia it went away.
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   Posted 2/24/2011 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that would include any multi vitamins.  There are specific vitamins made for men without iron.   Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
It's been in the news for years...warnings of men and post menopausal women to not take iron supplements unless their blood tests state they're low. Women who have periods are at least able to balance the levels if taking iron.

My B12 is high and I was taking a low dosage of B12 in a mixed B...I've since stopped it, but my B levels are still high, but not as before.

Hard sometimes to know exactly why joint pain happens...I've had it since I was a kid, but not autoimmune arthritis or ilk. Some is definitely osteo related and repetative strain related.

I think for some of us, answers are never found unless it gets to the point where testing levels are more obvious.

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   Posted 7/22/2012 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I ordered some Forvia vitamins and was curious if anybody else still takes them. I am anemic and have an ileostomy.

The web stated that these vitamins are highly absorb-able which is what I'm looking for.
End ileostomy due to colonic inertia and pelvic floor dysfunction.

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   Posted 7/22/2012 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I ordered some Forvia vitamins and was curious if anybody else still takes them. I am anemic and have an ileostomy.

The web stated that these vitamins are highly absorb-able which is what I'm looking for.
End ileostomy due to colonic inertia and pelvic floor dysfunction.

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   Posted 7/22/2012 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I took Forvia for years and never had an issue with them.

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