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Old 09-08-2008, 12:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I need info about iron deficiency. I was told today that my hemoglobin is low, I should be taking over the counter iron pills. No other info (walk in clinic, no family doctor, crappy health care system, don't get me started on doctors...that's a whole other story, and I have to resort to asking other wise women for medical advice).

Anyway, I'm wondering if I should be taking Ferrous Fumarate, Ferrous Gluconate, Ferrous Suphate, or another type (if there is one)? What is the difference? And should I be taking prenatal vitamins at the same time (I'm not pregnant but getting ready to TTC in the winter hopefully)? How much is too much iron? Also, some sources say to take it on an empty stomach (1 hr. before meals), some say to take it with my morning meal. I'm confused.

Any info would be helpful!

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I just went through a bout of anemia. In June my hemoglobin was around 10. I started taking feo sulfate 3 x's a day and yesterday, I tested it and it is 13.5 which is almost normal. I didn't take it on an empty stomach but always made sure to eat vitamin c as it helps the body to absorb the iron better.
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If you can find an OTC iron supplement that has the different types of iron in it, your body will absorb it better.

Take it with Vitamin C and folic acid so your body absorbs it better.

Iron can definitely cause constipation so you may need a stool softener. I've found that if you just take more vit. c if you're getting constipated, this helps. Prunes are also helpful if the iron makes you constipated.

Take Care and hope you're feeling better soon!

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