The UC itself, as well as some of our meds, can make us inefficient at absorbing dietary iron. I was anemic and taking supplements, but it finally took a five week course of Venofer (iron sucrose) injections to set things right. My GI is now going to be monitoring my blood more closely as I also had low potassium (curable with a couple of bananas per day), and regular bone density scans (next one due end of June, which will be two years after my base-line scan that done a couple of months after I started Prednisone).
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97;
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, was almost off, back to 40 mg; 12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections;
9 mg Entocourt EC
; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg,
Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day
; Bad reactions: Imuran( 2/07)