I have been anemic for years. about
two years ago, I was undergoing chemotherapy and they were checking my blood every few weeks, which is standard protocol for chemo. I was running low hemoglbin and hematocrit then. But I too, have problems with iron medication.
So this time, my hemoglobin is 10 and my hematocrit is low too in the twenties and they gave me something called Integraf. I take it once a day, (but supposed to increase to twice a day). I also take four stool softeners a night anyway and now will add a laxative once or twice a week to prevent problems with further constipation.
I wish you luck with your dilemma. Remember, you must find an iron supplement for you and you can control the constipation with a bowel regime that is right for you. Hang in there.