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What are the risks of taking iron supplements?

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The risks include:

  • Digestive system problems like an upset stomach, stool changes, and constipation.
  • Interactions with your meds and supplements. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medicines that you take if he or she suggests you take an iron supplement.
  • Overdose. Iron overdose is a common cause of poisoning in children. It can be fatal. Symptoms include severe vomiting and diarrhea, stomach cramps, pale or bluish skin and fingernails, and weakness. Treat these signs as an emergency. Call poison control and get medical help immediately.

From: Dietary Iron and Iron Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Armstrong, C. American Family Physician. " ," Mar 1, 2011 Baker, R. , November 2010. Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Iron." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron." UpToDate: "Approach to the Adult Patient With Anemia." Centers for Disease Control: "Iron and Iron Deficiency." National Institutes of Health: "Iron." U.S. Preventative Services Task Force: " ."








AAP Reports on Diagnosis and Prevention of Iron Deficiency AnemiaPediatricsThe Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative MedicineIron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Screening

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 23, 2017

SOURCES: Armstrong, C. American Family Physician. " ," Mar 1, 2011 Baker, R. , November 2010. Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Iron." Office of Dietary Supplements: "Iron." UpToDate: "Approach to the Adult Patient With Anemia." Centers for Disease Control: "Iron and Iron Deficiency." National Institutes of Health: "Iron." U.S. Preventative Services Task Force: " ."








AAP Reports on Diagnosis and Prevention of Iron Deficiency AnemiaPediatricsThe Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative MedicineIron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Screening

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 23, 2017

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