What to think about
If you suspect you have iron
deficiency anemia, do not take iron pills without consulting your doctor.
Taking iron pills could delay the diagnosis of a serious problem such as
colorectal cancer or a bleeding ulcer.
If the anemia is not due to
iron deficiency, taking iron pills will not relieve the anemia and could cause
poisoning (iron toxicity). It could also cause an
iron overload condition called
hemochromatosis, especially in people who have a
genetic tendency toward storing too much iron in their bodies.
some people, iron pills cause stomach discomfort, nausea, diarrhea,
constipation, and black stool. Iron is best absorbed if taken on an empty
stomach. But if you are having stomach problems, you may need to take the pills
with food. Do not take iron pills with milk, caffeinated drinks, or antacids.
If the side effects of your iron pills make you feel too sick, talk to your
doctor. He or she may know of another type of iron pill you can take.
If you get iron through an IV, there is a risk of an