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therearemiracles
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   Posted 8/13/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
What is a good iron supplement wtih no fillers? I'm anemic.
Very mild left sided (could have fooled me with the "mild")  UC. Started and stopped LDN ON 1/25/09 to mid May no improvements. Supplements: Probiotics, multi, iron, caprlic acid, sporonox (for 14 days) trying a new peptid replacement therapy, drug free. Getting IV of vitamins and minerals for 12 weeks. I take lomotil as needed.


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/13/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
When my iron levels were low, I was recommended to try 'Slow-Fe'. It's slow release, and easier to digest than some of the other iron supplements.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


Blue220
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   Posted 8/13/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I second the Slow-Fe. However... It's so much more of a lower dose than the hard iron pills I shoved down my throat 3x/day when I was severely anemic. You might have to take the Slow-Fe a few times a day.
22 years old

Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007, I've had it since December 2006.

Haven't been on here in a while (finally graduated college).
Update as of 5/26/09 - Now taking Imuran 100mg/day.
2 Lialda/day.
Vitamins - Caltrate+D, iron, A, B12,
Flintstone Complete+iron, and aloe vera pills/juice.
At least I'm off the Entocort. =]


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/13/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually use MegaFood Blood Builder or Enzymatic Therapy Ultimate iron. There are so many options out there. My iron levels were greatly improved with the 2 pills I mentioned. I took 50mg (2 pills) 3x a day. Now I take 2 pills once a day.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...


kazygirl
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   Posted 8/14/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
iron pills are known to excerbate inflammation of the colon and excerbate UC. my doc said not to take them when flaring.. i know, catch 22, cuz i get severly aneamic when im flaring cuz i lose sooo much blood. i have to have iron infusions.

also, a lot of meds we take, including pred (im told by gp) inhibits the absorption of iron, so pills do nothing but cause probs.
be wary
steph - 33 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
im in remission ~ wOOhOO !  no symptoms for last 2 weeks!
waiting for blood test to see if i can start imuran
just finished 3 months of prednisolone (worked) -tapered with no issues -left with moonface + fat! o.0
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
tumeric capsules, vitamin d3, enteric coated fish oil, xango juice 30ml x3 a day
pre-conception vitamins and minerals (cuz we trying to make a baby)
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all ... diet doesn't affect my UC.
 
 
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 8/14/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
     Wow, I didn't know iron is bad for UC.  My one a day contains iron.  Thanks!
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/14/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine...before you stop taking your one a day supplement, Iron isn't bad for UC.

It's just that some iron supplements can be difficult to digest and cause abdominal discomfort or constipation -- that's why I recommended taking slow-fe. A lot of GI specialists recommend it as it's a lot gentler on the digestive system.

As it is, I doubt that the amount of iron in your one a day supplement is high enough to cause any issues.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


kazygirl
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   Posted 8/15/2009 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
one day supplements with iron are fine. its the prescription or over the counter extra strength iron tabs (especially formulated for aneamics) are the ones that are bad.

you are fine with your suppliments!
steph - 33 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
im in remission ~ wOOhOO !  no symptoms for last 2 weeks!
waiting for blood test to see if i can start imuran
just finished 3 months of prednisolone (worked) -tapered with no issues -left with moonface + fat! o.0
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
tumeric capsules, vitamin d3, enteric coated fish oil, xango juice 30ml x3 a day
pre-conception vitamins and minerals (cuz we trying to make a baby)
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all ... diet doesn't affect my UC.
 
 
 

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