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   Posted 4/20/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, so now I have really low iron and have to take supplements. They help a bit with D, but cause black stools and stomachey feelings. I am bit confused about dosage. On the web I see that about 150mg a day for several weeks to start is necessary. That would be 4 of my current pills, and the 2 I am taking daily now seem harsh enough. Doctor did not advise about the specifics of dosage. Anyone have experience with this? I will do anything as long as it does not exacerbate D!
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.


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   Posted 4/20/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you using slo-FE? It's time-release and easier on the stomach. Iron had always upset my stomach, too, but the slo-FE doesn't. I wouldn't take more than 2 either, one is even enough for me. I would follow the label directions instead of the Web.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Bad flare in March, seasonal? Back on prednisone, 40-30-25-20-15... Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12. 

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   Posted 4/21/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Even slo-FE gives me diarrhea. I eat Cheerios.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 4/21/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My concern is that taking too low a dose will not get my blood iron back up. Cheerios help with iron levels? THEY give me D, I think it is the oats.

23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.


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   Posted 4/21/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe it depends on how severly anemic you are as to what dose you should be on. You should call your doc and ask what dose is right for you.
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   Posted 4/21/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Sherry about consulting with your doctor. I rely on my doctor to tell me how many iron pills to take. She monitors my iron level with regular blood tests. So I started with one pill, then went up to two, now I take three. Finally my iron level is up where it should be so I am to continue with three pills a day until blood tests show that my iron level has remained where it should be for a few months.
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Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
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