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   Posted 3/29/2010 4:59 AM (GMT -7)   
For those who have taken ferrous sulphate (sp).  Were there warning labels on your pill bottle not to take with: milk, bread, whole grain, cereal or tea?  I think there were others but I don't have the bottle with me now.  I'm just wondering what is the interaction with these foods and FE? That severly limits what meals I can take this with since the dr. prescribled 1 325 mg tab twice daily.  I did some searching on the web but didn't come up with anything concrete.

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   Posted 3/29/2010 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I took Ferrous Sulfate for years.  All of my Rx directions said to take it on an empty stomach, 1-2 hours before eating.
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   Posted 3/29/2010 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting, mine says to take with food. And my past experience says no iron supplements on an empty stomach.

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   Posted 3/29/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine says "preferably" take with a meal. That makes sense, too, because iron is best absorbed if you are also eating something that contains vitamin C (found in many foods) at the same time. Regarding the other part of your question, I don't know of any reason to avoid eating specific other foods at the same time.

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   Posted 3/29/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, you are supposed to take Ferrous Sulfate with food, and it's preferable to take a type that has Vitamin C (usually the prenatal type), and if not, take it with a glass of orange juice as well. I have never heard of any types of food to avoid eating while taking it, but Ferrous Sulfate is quite hard on your stomach, and you may have a hard time taking it regardless. The easiest type of iron to take would be a heme iron.

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   Posted 3/29/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll try taking with some sort of fruit for better absorbtion. So far, it hasn't bothered me as much as I was expecting which is a good thing. Also, it's only for 3 months, then I'll go back to taking a slow absorbtion one.

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   Posted 3/29/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
well it can stop ya up so eating with whole grains and crap would double the trouble? i just get mine in IV form so i dont have to worry about it ;-)

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   Posted 3/29/2010 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I take iron gluconate, no restrictions of any sort on the bottle. Safeway select brand.
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