Did I mention I hate iron supplements?

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jujub
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   Posted 1/12/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Seeing my GI in a couple of weeks, and I'm hoping I can get off the iron. It's Tandem, supposed to be easier on your gut, but I've had killer reflux, crampy lower abdominal pain and even a little bleeding since I started it. I never have been able to take any iron supplement stronger than what comes in a daily multivitamin.
 
UGH!
 
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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subdued
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   Posted 1/12/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here. I hate taking iron supplements. They make me nauseous and crampy.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting

Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission

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Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 1/12/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here. I think they give me D. I started taking these pills called Ultimate Iron and it has helped a TON over the stuff I was taking before but it is half the dose so I have to take double the pills.
 
I hope you get good news and get off the iron pills.
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


ediekristen
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   Posted 1/12/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Aw man :( I was just told today to start taking an iron supplement, one pill three times a day. He recommended Feosol or Fergon, and said Fergon is less likely to upset the stomach. I was always told to look for the "Slow-Fe" kinds, not sure if either of those are.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


JM21204
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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken Ferrex for over a year and it hasn't caused me any issues. I'm sure everyone is unique though.
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
 
1600 mg Asacol a day
Ferrex
Pre-Natal Vitamins
Lovenox
On and off Prednisone, 40 mg then taper
 


glamourgirl
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   Posted 1/13/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Ferrex Forte too without any problems. My GI said it's the best for those that get stomach problems from iron supplements. I've been on it for a few years. It's by prescription only.
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
_____________________________________________________________
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


JM21204
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   Posted 1/13/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw it on Amazon.com just now; $13 and some change for 100 pills. Do they sell meds? I had always thought it was just prescription too though as that's how I get it.


33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
 
1600 mg Asacol a day
Ferrex
Pre-Natal Vitamins
Lovenox
On and off Prednisone, 40 mg then taper
 

Post Edited (JM21204) : 1/13/2009 12:36:22 PM (GMT-7)


marty1976
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopefuuly he will be able to take you off the iron, it has never affected me like that when i took it.Hope things return to normal soon for you.
feel good soon
Marty


  



       
 


jujub
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
She put me on one that is supposed to be very gentle to your system, because I've always had trouble taking iron. I started taking it between meals, as directed, but within a week switched to taking it with a little carb to protect my stomach.

Right now, when I swallow something even mildly spicy or hot, I can feel the burn in my stomach. So I'm taking my Ranitidine, increased my Colazal and just hanging in there until my appointment.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


subdued
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   Posted 1/21/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally gave up on iron supplements. I'm now snacking on Cheerios. They aren't the highest in iron among cereals. They also aren't the healthiest cereal. But they seem to be the healthiest cereal that is also high in iron. No HFCS. No corn syrup solids. Not too much sugar. Only one cup has 100 calories and gives 45% of my iron. I'm not getting any nausea, cramping, or diarrhea. Plus, I can tweak how much I eat in a day. Right now I'm eating about three cups.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners


glamourgirl
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   Posted 1/21/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Ferrex Forte too and it's the only one that doesn't cause me problems.
Female, Age 38
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
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


megger
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   Posted 1/21/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told by my pharamacist to take the supplement with 2 large glasses of orange juice in the morning with breakfast. The OJ helps to absorb the iron and the food in the AM helps to reduce stomach upset - the later in the day you take it, the worse effect it can have on your stomach...


Meghan
 
23 years old
Moderate-Severe Pancolitis
Diagnosed October 2008
12 Asacol (3 pills 4 times a day)
Entocort enemas nightly since Dec 2008
Daily Multi-Vitamins
Daily Fibre intake - 1 tbsp Metamucil
Protec Probiotics - I pill at bedtime


ediekristen
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   Posted 1/21/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone know if it's okay to take multiple pills all at once? I was told to take one pill three times a day but I don't eat three times a day and it's also hard to remember. If I could take them all at once it would be a lot easier but I'm afraid to do it in case it causes extreme stomach upset.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


JewelsOK
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   Posted 1/21/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My kiddos both take an iron pill called "Slow FE". It's made by Novartis and available over the counter at Wal-Mart. They both take 3 per day with meals and have never complained of problems. We were told to take with orange juice (or vit C), too, but orange juice give me major problems and I don't even have IBD, so I don't let my kids drink it either.

Good luck.
Julie

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, Cortafoam, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 9 UC dx 08/07 Colazal, 6MP, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle


mythmoon
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   Posted 1/21/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
If you can find an all natural source of iron it's best. Metagenics is expencive but wow does it work awsome.
21 yr/old Uni student. Vancouver, BC
Imuran 150 mgs/day
[strike]Prednisone 15 mgs/day[/strike]
Prednisone 12.5mgs/day
Diagnosed UC Sept. 2007
Cal-Mag and Iron supps

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