Iron Supplements for Anemia
While there are many reasons for iron-deficient anemia, the two most common reasons are for those with increased iron needs and those with a decreased iron intake.
Increased iron needs:
• Those with a rapid growth rate in childhood
• Those pregnant or breastfeeding
• Major blood loss due to heavy menstruation or medical conditions
Decreased iron intake:
• Those with a diet low in iron sources
• Those with low iron absorption
• Those with increased medication that decreases iron absorption in the stomach
What are the signs of iron-deficient anemia?
• Tired, weak
• Shortness of breath
• Sore tongue
• Rapid heartbeat
• Numbness in hands and feet
• Intolerant to cold
• Split or brittle nails
While these symptoms could apply to a variety of issues, the symptoms become more pronounced as anemia worsens.
If you think you might have iron-deficient anemia, a visit to your health care provider is your next step. If you speak to your pharmacist at ReNue RX Frisco about anemia concerns, they will likely encourage you to see your health care provider. Sometimes anemia is a symptom of a more serious condition.
The usual iron supplements that are recommended are the ferrous salts: ferrous fumarate, ferrous sulfate, and ferrous gluconate. They come in both immediate and time-released forms.
However, when it comes to iron supplements, your ReNue RX pharmacist should advise you about the possible side effects:
• Intestinal distress and abdominal pain
When taking an iron supplement, you should make sure that your multi-vitamin does not also contain iron. A ReNue RX pharmacist might suggest that you take your iron supplements with high ascorbic acid juice to enhance the absorption rate. Your pharmacist at ReNue RX should also advise you to follow up with your health care specialist to monitor your iron levels.
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