Oral Iron Supplements/Antacids Interactions
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Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Some antacids may bind to your iron supplement, preventing it from being absorbed.Some vitamins may contain "hidden" antacids such as some forms of calcium and magnesium.
What might happen:
The amount of iron you absorb from your supplement may decrease.
What you should do about this interaction:
Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together. Do not take your iron supplement within 1 hour before or 2 hours after your antacid. Your doctor may want to check your iron levels to see if your supplement is working.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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