Iron Tablets | How To Take Iron Tablets | How To Reduce Iron Supplement Side Effects (2018)

Iron tablets, difficult to absorb by the body but here's everything pharmacists learn

to help you get the most out of this tablet

and if you can guess the name of this iron tablet?

leave a comment below and I'll let you know if you're correct

so, you've been prescribed iron tablets because you're anaemic

or you're at risk of becoming anaemic

iron is needed for the production of haemoglobin which is super important

because it carries oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body in our blood cells

which is why too little iron can make you breathless, tired, lacking energy, pale

and may even cause heart palpitations

so now that we know the basics let's talk about how to get the most out of your iron supplement

take your iron supplement on an empty stomach so that's one hour before food or two hours after food

and research shows that if you take your iron supplement with a drink containing vitamin C

like orange juice it can actually improve the absorption

iron is difficult to absorb in the gut and this is massively reduced by the presence of

food, tea and milk so avoid these one hour before and one hour after taking your iron supplement

some medication also reduce the absorption of iron supplements for example antacids

iron supplements can also reduce the absorption of many other medicines

so for example levothyroxine is one of them and certain antibiotics too

so to see the full list and what to do about it I've left a link in the description below

feel free to check it out

now you've tried to take your iron supplement on an empty stomach

but it's leaving you with loads of side effects like tummy pain, constipation, diarrhoea and feeling sick

the good news is that these usually go after your body gets used to it

but if they're not going and you can't cope with it then speak to your pharmacist or your doctor

about these following options

option 1! check with your prescriber if they're happy for you to reduce your dose

and build it back up slowly to the prescribed dose that way your body has more time to adjust

option 2! speak to your prescriber as they may be able to prescribe you an alternative iron supplement

with a lower strength

and option 3! you've tried 1 and 2 and they haven't helped you're still getting side effects

well speak to your prescriber or pharmacist about taking your iron supplement

after food to reduce the stomach irritation

lastly iron supplements can make your stools darker and sometimes black

which can be a bit of a shock but remember it's completely normal and harmless

always check any medication you purchase with your pharmacist or doctor to make

sure it's okay for you to you use

please remember to always read the information leaflet that comes with your medicines

and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask your pharmacist

and that's it you're now an iron supplement pro! let me know if you found any of these tips useful?

by commenting below which ones you never knew about

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