Any Recommendations for iron supplements?

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Socalsd
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   Posted 10/24/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys,

I saw my GI today and I am making progress but still have a little way to go. I am recovering from UC and C-diff that put me in the hospital for several weeks. My Lab work shows my sed rate has dropped from 115, 4 weeks ago to 29. But my Hemoglobin is still 10.7 and has not moved for weeks. I am eating well eggs, meat, poultry several times a day. It has been worse, it was at a 7 which caused me to get a Blood transfusion, I have had three since being hospitalized. I have had 3 Remicaid treatments and am only taking 30 mg of pred. I am not having any bleeding so I guess the UC has cause mal-absorbtion of nutrients. My Doc advised I go pick up some over the counter iron pills to see if they might help. Can anyone recommend a brand of iron pills one gentle on the stomach, I hear they have time release pills. Thanks
Prednisone 35mg a day
Clotrimazole Troche (keeps the thrush away from the Pred.
Remicaid
VSL 3DS


34 year old male Southern California


glamourgirl
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you're doing better. Why doesn't your doctor prescribe an iron supplement? I take Ferrex Forte, it's supposed to be gentler on the stomach than other supplements. I don't have any problems with it.
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
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Red_34
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Slow FE is what I took in the past. It's super gentle on the gut. But if you haven't take any iron supplements in the past, just know that any iron supplement will turn your stool black as tar and you will not be able to see any blood on the stool if you have any.
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jujub
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   Posted 10/25/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I always just took a multivitamin with iron. If you take iron supplements, be sure to take with food as they can be irritating to the stomach. Do not take with citrus or citrus juice, as the acid will inactivate the iron.
Judy
 
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Peety
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   Posted 10/25/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I also was told Slo-FE is easiest on the gut, and that's what I used.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
HemaPlex, it's herbal...a bit expensive but will not cause contipation.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Mesaamaline (sp) Retention Enemas, herbal meds in the search to regain full health.


Socalsd
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks guys I will ask about the prescription kind too. I am getting ready to go back to work in a few weeks so I want to make sure I have energy. I might even ask about the iron infusion since I have not progressed.
Prednisone 30mg a day
Clotrimazole Troche (keeps the thrush away from the Pred.
Remicaid
VSL 3DS


34 year old male Southern California


Peety
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, and my Naturopath said it was key to have enough B-12 with it. I was getting shots for a while, and now that I'm not I can tell a difference!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


Socalsd
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   Posted 10/25/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I will look into the b12 also thanks Peety, I found the Slow Fee at Walgreens on sale so I stocked up.
Prednisone 30mg a day
Clotrimazole Troche (keeps the thrush away from the Pred.
Remicaid
VSL 3DS


34 year old male Southern California


Kiss520
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   Posted 10/26/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Nature Made without any problems. 

Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG as needed, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga and walking.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare
 
 


kazygirl
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   Posted 10/31/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
be careful, i have read a bunch of studies showing that iron tablets excerbate UC symptoms in the colon.

catch 22... we need them, but cant take them.
i bleed a lot and cant take the iron tabs so i have to go in for iron infusions at the hospital.
steph - 32 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
severe UC in descending colon and sigmoid colon ONLY
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
tumeric capsules - if i remember to take the bloody things.
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all :(
 
 
 


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   Posted 11/1/2008 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
You should take a good multi vitamin or food supplement.I take Vivioptal, they are the best.
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Socalsd
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   Posted 11/4/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I saw my GI Today it seems the iron pills have not increased my Hemoglobin I am still at a 10.7. He wants me to take them twice a day now with vitamin c pills. It is kind of discouraging since it has not moved in two months. Sed rate dropped again though to 25 it was 115 5weeks ago so i guess that is good. Hopefully this works I don't know what else to do.
Prednisone 30mg a day
Clotrimazole Troche (keeps the thrush away from the Pred.
Remicaid
VSL 3DS


34 year old male Southern California


P-Fit
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   Posted 11/6/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Socalsd said...
Well I saw my GI Today it seems the iron pills have not increased my Hemoglobin I am still at a 10.7. He wants me to take them twice a day now with vitamin c pills. It is kind of discouraging since it has not moved in two months. Sed rate dropped again though to 25 it was 115 5weeks ago so i guess that is good. Hopefully this works I don't know what else to do.

Twice a day with Vitamin C pills or any juice/fruit high in C will work well. I did 2 times a day when my count was really low. I took them w/food and OJ.
Dee-38yrs old 
Diagnosed with UC in 2004-PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression in 2007 & Fibromyalgia 2008
750mg colozal 3 pills 3x a day, .5mg clonazepam, 7.5mg Lexapro
1,000mg canasa suppositories (PM),
 Fioricet-Migraines
Prilosec-Not sure(Heartburn/GERD), Fish Oils
GNC Womens Active Formula Multi-vitamin
Colonoscopies-4 


Meesh
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   Posted 11/6/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
You may want to ask your doctor about iron injections. I had them last year, a series of five weekly injections of Venofer. I was severely anemic and that sure did the trick. Since the Venofer I have been able to keep my iron levels up with just the multivtamin.

Meesh
46 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08
10 Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08; 4/19/08; 5/24/08; 7/5/08; 8/15/08, 9/26/08; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Tylenol Arthritis Formula or Tramadol as needed for arthritis pain; Rowesa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;
Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro


P-Fit
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   Posted 11/7/2008 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Meesh said...
You may want to ask your doctor about iron injections. I had them last year, a series of five weekly injections of Venofer. I was severely anemic and that sure did the trick. Since the Venofer I have been able to keep my iron levels up with just the multivtamin.

Meesh

Did you tolerate the injections well?
Dee-38yrs old 
Diagnosed with UC in 2004-PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression in 2007 & Fibromyalgia 2008
750mg colozal 3 pills 3x a day, .5mg clonazepam, 7.5mg Lexapro
1,000mg canasa suppositories (PM),
 Fioricet-Migraines
Prilosec-Not sure(Heartburn/GERD), Fish Oils
GNC Womens Active Formula Multi-vitamin
Colonoscopies-4 

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