Low Iron...what do YOU take?

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   Posted 3/20/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I found out last week my iron level is at 14 (should be 40 - 155).
My GP prescribed FERROUS SULFATE, a prescription iron medication to be taken twice a day for a month and then get iron levels retested.
A week later, I FINALLY hear from my GI.  He suggested I take Iron supplements (that I'd get in the vitamin isle, I guess?) 3 times a day for 6 months.
I know I've seen it mentioned on here that many of you have iron infusions...but I'm wondering if any of you have take prescription Iron before or just regular 'ol, over-the-counter Iron supplements.
What do YOU take for LOW IRON?
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
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   Posted 3/20/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a fan of SloFe, which is a controlled release caplet which really helps with the constipation issues iron can cause. (I know this doesn't really apply to Crohnies, but I have IBS too, so it does for me.) SlowFe can be purchased over the counter at places like Target.
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   Posted 3/20/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
im trying iron tablets again,ferrous sulfate can be quite hard to digest,so i haf a mixture of carbonyl iron and ferrous fumerate,i found i got bad D with iron whre most people get bunged up.Also try adding tons of iron enriched food to your diet and haf lots of vitamin c to help absorb the iron.
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   Posted 3/20/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   

My daughter takes Solgar's Gentle Iron 25 mg once a day with OJ because food, meds, and vitamin supplements can interfere with iron absorption.

She waits two hours after eating or taking other meds, supplements before she takes the iron. And she doesn't take anything for an hour after she takes the iron.

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   Posted 3/20/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
infusions - have yet to find any supplements that I can tolerate and the infusion is easy and gives quick results.

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   Posted 3/21/2008 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I had low blood iron levels until I started taking an herb called Burdock Root. Now my iron level is normal.
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   Posted 3/21/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Chromagen Forte caplets, but now my doctor is suggesting the iron infusions because this is not working. Good luck, I hate being anemic..

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   Posted 3/21/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My son took a prescription ferrous sulfate when first diagnosed as anemic and it tore him up. We switched to SloFe and have had good success with it. Remember, most information you read says you need to also supplement vitamin C when taking iron as it is considered imperative for absorption of iron.
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
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   Posted 3/21/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't tollerate slofe or ferrous sulfate-I take chelated iron its easier on my stomach (who knows how you'll react) its more readily absorber-I but it at any health food store. I have to take vitamin C in order for the iron to work-you have to have vitamin c in your system in order to absorb the iron so I take either chewable vitamin C or throat drops with vitamin C several times a day.
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