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Posted by: CC | 2005/01/04

IRON DEFICIENCY

Hi Doc!

I have an iron deficiency and have been on iron supplements for the last year. The supplements that I have been taking either do not help or only help for a short time. My doc prescribed Ferrous Forte for 3 months and after a couple of months began to feel extremely tired, etc again, the doc then prescribed another supplement which I stopped as it didn't seem to be helping and made me feel bloated. I have also tried taking the Betaway Iron Extra which also does not help and also makes me feel bloated. I am getting really frustrated as I am permanently tired and lack energy and concentration. I would now like to fall pregnant and would like to know which supplements are safe.

Thanks for your time!

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Response to iron supplements is generally seen within three weeks. If no improvement is evident your doc should review the diagnosis. You may have to combine your treatment with a B-complex containing B12 and folic acid. Ferrimed is a good iron supplement and worth a try (also available is Ferrimed DS which contains higher concentrations). Iron is generally considered safe in pregnancy, but discussing the use of a supplement with your doc/gynecologist is still advised.

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