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Advice on Iron, Please Help My Tummy Hates It!

Hi Guys, After an especially bad bout of c. diff. I found out I am anemic and need iron supplements. I've been taking it, but it KILLS my stomach. Even with a full meal it is awful. I've tried taking it with almond milk, yogurt, bread, crackers, cheese, and with dinner, my biggest meal. Same thing happens, terrible pain and nausea, ugh! :ybatty:

Between Methotrexate, Vancomycin, and the Iron, my tummy and I are not on good terms...any advice? Is Ferrous sulfate a better option?

Right now I'm taking anti nausea meds but I realize this is just a short-term solution. I would really appreciate any and all suggestions! :)
 
Hi Mountaingem,
I got iron injections twice a week and then weekly for a couple of months--I refused anything oral because of the elimination diet that I am following. I felt better after two injections. I get my blood tested again at the end of the month so we'll see if I am maintaining it.

Good luck with finding a solution that works for you.
 

Suvii

An old fart from North!
I've had two infusions. I've been anemic (Hb 60) and I was tired and my stomach didn't like the pills either. I had Ferinject-infusions, 1000 mg at a time (it took about two hours in the hospital) and one infusion raised my Hb back to normal. Just ask your doctor, I'm sure you can get infusions too.

http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/24167/SPC

I don't know how much they cost in different countries, but in Finland (we have a great healthcare system) I had to pay only less than 8 euros of the whole thing.
 

imisspopcorn

Punctuation Impaired
I have good luck with children's chewable multi-vitamins with iron. Adjust your dose to the adult equivalent and see how it goes. Good luck
 
I'm delurking to create an account and provide my experience with iron supplements.

I've found that any iron supplement in pill format upset my stomach. I've tried the really expensive to the very cheap. I was ready to give up until
I read on a running forum about a liquid iron supplement. After reading how successfully the liquid format was for a marathon runner, I thought it could help me.

I bought a bottle from Amazon and gave it a whirl. I'm currently using my second bottle and I've definitely noticed a difference in the way I feel and my energy levels. My stomach has not been upset once by the liquid iron. Additionally I hoped that one of the glorious side effects of iron - constipation - would hit me, but no luck.

FYI it tastes pretty damn awful. I've tried a variety of "chasers" with it and I found that Dr Pepper works best. The bottle recommends 1 teaspoon a day so I dump that into a shot glass and fill the rest with Dr Pepper. I take my iron shot and then 2 or 3 big swigs of Dr Pepper.

Good luck. I hope this helps.
 
What dose are you on? Mine was awful at first, and my doctor let me reduce my dose to one pill a day. After a couple of weeks I think my tummy got used to it. I don't have problems now as long as I take it streight after food. Also, think about taking iron with Vitamin C to enhance absorption, and avoid foods with phytates in them, which will inhibit the absorption. Here is a page I found from a very quick google search on phytates - http://www.foodgraphs.net/food/phytic-acid.html You may be able to find a better one if you have a look!
I know this doesnt particularly help you with your stomach pains, but more general iron advice. If you are going through all this pain we want you to be absorbing your iron to make it worth it!!
The other thing I did when my iron was hurting me was to plan when in the day I took it. If I had nothing else to do for the afternoon I would take it with lunch. I would aviod taking it in the evening If I had to get up early the next day. I know it said you should take them at the same time every day, but this ment I could endure my pain when I didn't have to be doing something, and be in the comfort of my own home!
Hope you feel better soon!
 

David

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Staff member
Mountaingem, will you please update on how you do with the liquid iron as digestive system upsets are extremely common with iron supplementation so other things we can recommend would be beautiful if they work.

For those recommending plant based forms of iron, for a crohnie, heme iron rather than non-heme iron is going to be a better bet to focus on.

Mountaingem, how do you feel about liver and/or liverwurst? They are THE best forms of heme iron as well as a bounty of other vitamins and minerals crohnies desperately need.
 
I am on 65 mg of iron which is the equivalent of 325 mg of Ferrous Sulfate. I started the liquid and so far no upsets; the downside is I have to take alot more of the liquid because it soesn't come in a higher milligream concentration. I would imagine this is the reason there is less digestive upset, because of the lower amount of iron per dose.

I am definitely up for trying liver or liverwurst; any suggestions on best way to prepare it? My Granny from Kentucky says with bacon and smothered with onions, not very Crohn's friendly lol!
 

David

Co-Founder
Staff member
Good info on the liquid iron, thank you. Please keep us updated!

If you're open to liver, eat that rather than the liverwurst. If you can find grass fed animal liver, all the better as that'll have an improved ratio of n-3 fatty acids to n-6. I unfortunately don't have any good recipes :( Maybe post a request thread in the cooking forum?
 
Will do-I know there are many excellent cooks on this forum, and vonfunk has professional training, so let's see what they can come up with! I will definitely keep everyone updated! :)
 

DustyKat

Super Moderator
I don't know if anyone else has heard of this product...GlobiFer Forte.

It is a haem and non haem iron preparation...

GlobiFer Forte® is a natural, gentle, dual acting iron supplement which contains haem iron for minimal gastrointestinal side effects and highly bioavailable iron (animal source) and non-haem iron.

GlobiFer Forte has been developed because iron supplements are notorious for being poorly tolerated and poorly absorbed. By developing a haem & non-haem iron product there are 2 very different mechanisms of absorption which are additive in their effectiveness. Haem iron receptors in the upper intestine absorb the entire complex molecule and this process is unaffected by body stores of iron. This is a completely different mechanism of iron absorption to non-haem iron supplements and there is good evidence to show that it is also many times more effective.

The rationale for developing a haem iron product can also be made from the poor tolerability of so many non-haem iron preparations. Problems such as gastric pain, nausea and constipation are quite common with non- haem iron supplements. There are remarkably few side effects associated with haem iron preparations.

GlobiFer Forte® has a unique combination of haem iron and non-haem iron.

GlobiFer Forte® is a new product to the UK but much experience has been gained from its widespread use in Sweden where it has been available for 25 years.
http://www.stanningleypharma.blueskysites.net/index.php/consumer/globifer/globifer-q-and-a

Haem iron is found in animal foods that originally contained hemoglobin, such as red meats, fish, and poultry. Non haem iron is found in plant foods and those foods that are fortified with iron.

A Japanese study regarding haem and non haem iron:
http://www.cedrugstorenews.com/userapp//lessons/page_view_ui.cfm?lessonuid=&pageid=8687D10C0EB7687B3128120995A10C1A

I know that GlobiFer is now available in the UK but I don't know of its availability outside of Sweden and the UK or if equivalents are available in the US. I have read up on it a bit and it something I would try, or recommend my children try, if the need arose.

Dusty. xxx
 
I have the same problem - very anemic and react badly to iron supplements. My doctor prescribed SlowFe (45 mg elemental iron), which you can get at any drugstore. I'm supposed to take 1 a day but it ends up being more like 1 a week because I hate the pain,nausea and gross bowel movements that it causes (not just SlowFe, but all of the iron supplements that I've tried). Here are some tips for taking iron:

1- Take it right after eating a meal - and wash it down with some citrus juice if your meal didn't have any vitamin C rich food (e.g. peppers, broccoli, etc) - or take a vitamin C supplement with the iron. Vitamin C will help with absorption and the meal will help with reducing stomach irritation.
2- Don't eat any calcium-rich food a few hours before/after taking the supplement. Calcium interferes with the absorption of iron.

For foods rich in heme iron, I try to eat a lot of liver and clams. I like chicken liver a lot - a quick blanch and drain, then saute in olive oil with garlic ginger and scallion until just cooked. Clams/mussels are tasty as well. I try to limit my red meat intake, but when I do eat it lamb is my favorite.

For non-heme iron I enjoy beans, broccoli, dried apricots, and nuts.
 
I also have had major stomach upsets with iron -- it felt like a balloon in my stomach! Very uncomfortable. I didn't have any other intestinal side effects though (e.g. constipation), so switching to SlowFe completely resolved my problems. Both Target and CVS make generic version that are cheaper as well.

I also tried the liquid supplement -- it's called Floradix and you can order it online or buy at the Vitamin Shoppe in the US. However, it only has 10 mg elemental iron per 2 tsp and (as other commenters have mentioned) tastes awful. I mixed mine with orange juice and it cut the flavor a little bit, but SlowFe was so much easier (and less expensive) I mostly stuck to that.
 

David

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Staff member
Anna, were you anemic prior to taking the SlowFe and if so, how has the SlowFe improved your anemia?
 
David -- I was anemic, but I wasn't flaring at that time. Through process of elimination, it turned out to be related to my 6-MP dosing and so once I lowered my dose my counts improved. I was also taking SlowFe and I remember slowly feeling better, but it's difficult to know whether it was the dose change or the iron supplementation that helped.
 
It is well known by old timers particularly in the Appalachian region, that blackstrap molasses is a good iron source. Hillbilly women took it during their menstral cycle. I have the same issue with iron supplements cramping my stomach and my level is 9 - shd be 12-16 I'm told. I have started a tablespoon a day (2 tsp. = 13% of daily levels). It's a slower process but I like the taste (something like licorice) and over time my iron levels should increase. I'll update down the road. I have taken Flintstones with iron in the past and tolerated them ok....but I can't find my bottle and since I have molasses I'm trying an old remedy...... you can put this in baked goods - really good in bran muffins and people put it in baked beans. Some people put it on waffles...it's a bit rich for me to want to smother my waffles in it. Some people make health drinks with it. There are probably recipes on the web. It's simpler to just jam a tablespoon in the mouth. Done.
 
Now I like the Cream of Wheat option! I don't think I could handle the liver even ground up into burgers. Blackstrap molasses also has calcum and several other minerals. It is very nutritious. I tried the Blackstrap yesterday --- its more like a dark burned sugar taste....something along the order of peanut brittle only darker. I researched and most people take 2 TBSP daily so I did. No issues with my Crohns. I'm making little applie pies this morning and I'm going to add some.
 
I didn't think vancomycin and dairy were good friends.
I'm on vancomycin at the moment for K.Oxytoca however getting no-where.
Think of the worst chronic UTI and that's part of what this bug does. Apart from digging holes in my body :( had the UTI symptoms for 4 years now... Pretty over it.
Anyway, if you are trying to kill bacteria with the anti-biotics you are on, you should really stay away from dairy as it will give you nausea etc.
I don't think the iron suppliments should be causing those issues...
If so, choose another brand,make,non-mixed suppliments.
 
the reccomended daily dosage for Iron supplements is only 18-30mg
this includes Ferrous Sulfate..

if you have been diagnosed with an iron deficiency, you should always take iron supplements seperately rather than in a multivitamin and mineral formula.

you should not take iron supplements UNLESS you have been diagnosed as anemic. (most of us chronies are also anemic)

The reason why you want to take Iron supplements seperately rather than in a multivitamin is because you really should not take Iron and Vitamin E at the same time.

Ferrous Sulfate will oxidize vitamim E so when taking an Iron supplement, go with an organic form such as ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate.

Iron will absorb only if there is enough Hydrochloric acid in the stomach, you also need your copper,manganese, molybdenum, Vitamin A, and the B complex vitamins. Also, taking vitamin C can increase Iron absorption by as much as 30%.

you can get Iron in eggs, fish, liver, meat, poultry, green leafy vegtables, whole grains, enriched breads, cereals, beets, peaches, pears, rasins, and a whole bunch of other foods.

You really want to watch how much iron you are putting into your body daily because if you are getting too much it can cause problems.

ok now maybe someone can explain something to me,
I love cream of wheat, It has both Iron and Calcium in it, BUT. In Phyllis Balch's book, She says that you should not mix Iron and Calcium together because Calcium Inhibits absorbtion of Iron...

I have never had any problems from the cream of wheat so I do not understand what the deal with that is, but this is what she is saying.

I am going to ask my DR about this and then let you know what he says...



too much tea or coffee can also contribute to an iron deficiency as well
 
Seems like you have to be a biochemist to get it into your system! Thanks for the update on the iron. I did not know about the Vitamin E issue. Interesting post.
 
the reccomended daily dosage for Iron supplements is only 18-30mg
this includes Ferrous Sulfate..

if you have been diagnosed with an iron deficiency, you should always take iron supplements seperately rather than in a multivitamin and mineral formula.

you should not take iron supplements UNLESS you have been diagnosed as anemic. (most of us chronies are also anemic)

The reason why you want to take Iron supplements seperately rather than in a multivitamin is because you really should not take Iron and Vitamin E at the same time.

Ferrous Sulfate will oxidize vitamim E so when taking an Iron supplement, go with an organic form such as ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate.

Iron will absorb only if there is enough Hydrochloric acid in the stomach, you also need your copper,manganese, molybdenum, Vitamin A, and the B complex vitamins. Also, taking vitamin C can increase Iron absorption by as much as 30%.

you can get Iron in eggs, fish, liver, meat, poultry, green leafy vegtables, whole grains, enriched breads, cereals, beets, peaches, pears, rasins, and a whole bunch of other foods.

You really want to watch how much iron you are putting into your body daily because if you are getting too much it can cause problems.

ok now maybe someone can explain something to me,
I love cream of wheat, It has both Iron and Calcium in it, BUT. In Phyllis Balch's book, She says that you should not mix Iron and Calcium together because Calcium Inhibits absorbtion of Iron...

I have never had any problems from the cream of wheat so I do not understand what the deal with that is, but this is what she is saying.

I am going to ask my DR about this and then let you know what he says...



too much tea or coffee can also contribute to an iron deficiency as well
Hmmm....shortly into my flare, I stopped taking my multi and my b complex. Was looking at my last blood results, and my rbc and hemoglobin have both been going steadily down since September. I, of course, had to point that out to my doc, that my rbc actually had "low" listed by it this time, which made me compare it to the earlier results I had from Sept. and Jan. He told me to take iron, and prescribed me folic acid. Folic acid is for folate, which is B9, which helps us produce red blood cells. This is why I should not have stopped taking my b complex, duh!
 
I am eating Iron fortified baby rice cereal daily to try and get my ferritin up as I was also having problems tolerating the iron suplements. Red meat upsets my system as well. I found a plant based supplement, but it gives me heartburn.
 
and then with the green leafy vegtables we have the ruffage issue :(

I like the idea of eating the baby rice cereal for Iron..

these minerals are complicated, lol Iron will absorb if certain other vitamins are at normal levels, and then those nutrients are dependant on others, and so on and so on lol

the nutritionist who came to see me while I was in the hospital had given me her card with her email and told me if I ever had any questions to just email her... I think I just might take her up on that,

I was just reading one of the other posts on Magnesium which is dependant on Calcium and Potassium.. yet we can't take Calcium with Iron?
 
MY GI informed me that Iron tablets were not advised for my gut, in fact he said they could make it worse. He booked me for an infusion which I had last week. It took two hours, easy, I didnt experience any pain or side effects.
 
I love iron infusions they are much easier, too bad when you get to a certain Hemoglobin level they refuse to give them to you lol. If you are sensitive to iron I would recommend Feosol Bifera HIP & PIC iron tablets. Unlike high potency tablets which use a synthetic iron compound Bifera uses natural iron contained in meat. They have found a 22% increase in Hemoglobin levels from taking Bifera even compared to taking high potency iron, it takes a little longer but the results are proven and since it's easier on the stomach if you can digest it then it's the way to go.

http://www.feosol.com/
 
I have the exact same issue with typical iron supplements however, google angostrom (spelling) supplements. These types of supplements have been reduced in size which allows them to be absorbed almost instantaneously and they avoid entering the large and most of the small intestines. I've been taking these and my iron is normal with no stomach issues. The only negative is the taste as they come in a solution. These are especially good for people with active flares who aren't really digesting and absorbing old properly.
 
I was placed on Ferrous Sulphate initially and it absolutely tore my stomach up, so my GI changed me over to Ferrous Fumarate (305mg twice a day) and it helped a great deal - no stomach upsets at all, increased energy and more properly formed BMs.

Been on it for 8 months now without a problem!
 
Hmmm... I'm glad I took the time to read this post. My WBC count has been steadily dropping since 1/2012 as has my RBC count and Hematocrit which are both now considered low. Hemoglobin (any lower and it is past the lowest number considered normal). Since May 2012, my Lymphocytes and Eosinophils have also been steadly going up and are high now.

I have severe constipation and dehydration issues. For dehydration I do IV 0.9% Saline solution at home fairly regularly using my implanted Port-a-Cath. For constipation I did a clean out and was using Miralax daily. The only thing accomplished with Miralax was a sore bum and some loose stools with a very, very, constipated tummy that was bloated so much that I couldn't fit into any of my larger clothing I keep for that purpose. I became very nausous and my stomach acid has gotten out of control again. I'm going to be increaseing my Nexium from one at night to one in the morn as well. I have started taking 4 Senokot to try to get things moving. If I have to take iron supplements are there any that don't cause severe or any constipation for that matter?

I look forward to reading your responses. Thanks.

Blessings, NL
 
What about iron infusions? I tried iron pills when I was younger but that put me in severe stomach pain(it's a known fact that iron will wreak havoc on the stomach and gut) and a trip to the ER for pain medication.

After I had my stroke and found a hematologist, we talked about my iron being low at times and she told me that she has a few IBD patients who see her for iron infusions. It's put through an IV so it bypasses the gut entirely. You get premedicated with benedryl and then it's an 1 hr or so and then you come in for a 2nd infusion and that's it.

See if you are a candidate for that. I can't see why you wouldn't be as it's outpatient and for people who can't tolerate iron orally.

I had mine done last month and now I'll be good for a year or more provided my CD doesn't flare and I bleed out my ostomy.

good luck to everyone.
 
Hmmmm.... An infusion. Sounds better than the pill and I have the Port-A-Cath so there is no needle stick to me.... Thinking out loud here. Needles cause my rsd to flare. Very, very, very, bad thing!

My uterine lining is growing into the uterine wall and it causes very, very heavy bleeding. The only choices I have are to live with it or get a hysterectomy. Because of having the blood clots, hormone therapy is contradicted for me. Surgery is not good for the rsd patient as we feel pain differently and our rsd can have a major flare and spread even more...Once I go through menopause, I won't have to worry about the uterine bleeding issue any longer. Till then.... Hmmm... Still thinking out loud...

I was told that if the bleeding began to harm my health in any way, then I would have to have a hysterectomy. If I can control the anemia and not let it get out of hand, that is what I want to do.

Also, when you have your uterus removed, you become more susceptible to POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse). I already have POP as my bladder has dropped. I have to get more test done on all pelvic organs so when I decide to get the surgery done, they will only have to do one surgery instead of several; i.e. one for each organ.

Men can have POP as well. POP is not talked about much but tons of people have it. There is a good website on POP if anyone is interested.

Basically, when you remove an internal organ of any kind, you just left a hole for other organs to drop into. If your muscles are weak or damaged, then the organs that are attached to them can move, thus causing POP. It's like removing a brick from a brick wall. Bricks begin to shift...

Is this OK for this thread or should it be moved? Just wondering....

Blessings, Naturelover
 
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Lactoferrin helps the body absorb iron, and it keeps your iron away from the pathogens that would like to use it. A study concluded that lactoferrin was just as effective as taking an iron pill. Lactoferrin is extracted from mother's first milk / colostrum. So, if you are allergic to milk, this won't be a great idea. The inflammation is what is keeping the iron levels down.
 

David

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Staff member
Polly, any thoughts on why fecal lactoferrin levels are often so high in people with IBD then to the point that they utilize it as a test for inflammation?
 
Polly, any thoughts on why fecal lactoferrin levels are often so high in people with IBD then to the point that they utilize it as a test for inflammation?
It is part of the body's strategy to keep the iron away from pathogens. To find more information, do a google search on these key words: Lactoferrin iron-steal hypothesis blood
 
Try angstrom type of iron. I have the same problem but this stuff really works. The only downside is the unfortunate knowledge of what an old rusty iron pole taste like.
 
Sarah50, Your cat looks alot like one of my cats. Only mine looks a bit older now.:ybiggrin: Vitamin C makes my stomach burn and increases my GERD. I have constipation so bad that I have to take laxatives every two to three days. Do you still think the Vitron-C High Potency Iron Supplements would be good for me? Can you buy them over the counter or do you have to order them from the internet?



Wacko847, What is angstrom type iron?


PollyH, Can you purchase Lactoferrin over the counter or do you purchase it on the internet? What is a good brand of Lactoferrin?

I think I'm going to run these wonderful suggestions by my PCP and see what she thinks I should do.

I appreciate everyone's help. Thank you.
 
PollyH, Can you purchase Lactoferrin over the counter or do you purchase it on the internet? What is a good brand of Lactoferrin?
Lactoferrin can be purchased over the counter. It used to be pretty expensive. The price has dropped considerably in the last 10 years. I have purchased it from vitamin shops in the past, but I've not seen it lately. I'm afraid you will probably have to purchase it over the internet. As for brands, in general, I like Nutricology, Thorne, and VRP.

Colostrum contains lactoferrin. If you are sensitive to milk, fortunately, there is a colostrum where they have removed the casein. Kirkman Labs carries the casein free colostrum.

http://kirkmanlabs.com/ProductKirkman/195/1/ColostrumGoldandLiquid–Unflavored-Hypoallergenic/
 
Sarah50, Your cat looks alot like one of my cats. Only mine looks a bit older now.:ybiggrin: Vitamin C makes my stomach burn and increases my GERD. I have constipation so bad that I have to take laxatives every two to three days. Do you still think the Vitron-C High Potency Iron Supplements would be good for me? Can you buy them over the counter or do you have to order them from the internet?
Naturelover, the vitamin C in the Vitron-C is a small amount - just the daily recommended. I don't know if it will bother you or not but it's worth a shot if you're anemic. I always take it after eating and with no other supplements. I've been taking it for over a month now and have had no stomachaches and no constipation - which I had with another brand. These tablets are coated.

I don't know if you can get this brand over the counter, I didn't look and just ordered it online. You might check out your drug stores, who knows, they may have it. Good luck! :rosette1:
 

nogutsnoglory

Moderator
I also find my stomach hurts really badly after oral iron. Have you found a difference between different types? Some are gentler on the stomach. Also maybe liquid iron will be easier or harder on you but worth experimenting.

Another way to get iron is to eat chicken livers. Since its from food it likely won't aggravate you.

I am anemic and oral iron supplements didn't work so I get infusions.
 
Another way to get iron is to eat chicken livers. Since its from food it likely won't aggravate you.
Make that organic chicken livers. They have found arsenic in chicken livers. Farmers legally feed their chickens arsenic. The ostensible reason is that it kills parasites. However, it also makes the chickens grow faster. One of the major chicken feed suppliers has recently stopped putting arsenic in their feed. Yet, other suppliers still do that.
 
I definitely second (or third or whatever we are up to) the molasses option. I have it on rolled oats for breakfast and in warm milk before bed. And I often just eat it off the spoon.


Also offal - I eat "lambs fry" (sheep's liver) or sheep's kidneys at least once a week. I slice the liver finely, dust with flour and fry quickly until crisp on the outside but still soft on the inside. Serve with gravy, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, plus onions and bacon if you can tolerate them (I can't).

I have never had to supplement iron or B12. I only supplement magnesium and D3 in winter.
 
The elders have been taking molasses for years during their menstruating times to supplement iron. It's not bad, has a burnt sugar taste like homemade toffee/brittle. It's great in bran muffins. Calves liver is supposed to be good for iron...go somewhere who knows how to cook liver and onions once a week and it's good and you don't have to deal with it in your kitchen. I personally take my iron in children's Flintstones vitamins and it doesn't hurt my stomach. I will know next month if it's doing any good with my series of "new ?is it Crohns? tests.":voodoo:
 
Hello to all,

My 13 yr old Son was diagnosed with Crohn's at age 11. He can't tolerate iron pills of any kind and he was so anemic. His GI DR told us about a liquid iron supplement for bariatric patients who can't absorb iron- it's called Iron Protein Succinylate, around 12.00/bottle and it tastes better than traditional liquid iron. My Son's Hbg was back to almost normal after 1 month. He has been on it for 6 months now, and Hgb lower end of normal. He is getting tired of the taste (not the best but far from the worst- fruit flavor). I just today found another web site with a liquid iron supplement that is clear and supposed to be flavorless and is a naturally occurring iron enriched spring water. Comes in individual packs of 28 for 19.99. I ordered some and will update after he tries it. I hope this is helpful :)

Search: Ferrett's IPS liquid supplement.

Search: Spatone pur-Absorb Iron
 
I forgot to mention..no side effects from the Ferrett's IPS iron liquid. As far as constipation- it says it is not constipating at all, but my Son has to take Miralax every day anyway d/t severe constipation along with the Crohn's, but has not had to increase the miralax since taking IPS. With the pills he would have to double the miralax several times a week and had horrible stomach pains. None of that with the IPS.
 
I'm delurking to create an account and provide my experience with iron supplements.

I've found that any iron supplement in pill format upset my stomach. I've tried the really expensive to the very cheap. I was ready to give up until
I read on a running forum about a liquid iron supplement. After reading how successfully the liquid format was for a marathon runner, I thought it could help me.

I bought a bottle from Amazon and gave it a whirl. I'm currently using my second bottle and I've definitely noticed a difference in the way I feel and my energy levels. My stomach has not been upset once by the liquid iron. Additionally I hoped that one of the glorious side effects of iron - constipation - would hit me, but no luck.

FYI it tastes pretty damn awful. I've tried a variety of "chasers" with it and I found that Dr Pepper works best. The bottle recommends 1 teaspoon a day so I dump that into a shot glass and fill the rest with Dr Pepper. I take my iron shot and then 2 or 3 big swigs of Dr Pepper.

Good luck. I hope this helps.
I take a liquid iron supplement from a company called “Gafia” it’s iron that comes all from organic plants. It taste good and and helps a lot! The greatest thing is you don’t need Dr. Pepper to chase it. If you have consistent stomach problems I’d really consider stopping synthetic sugars, and especially soda water, it’s one of the top 5 most acidic things you can put into your body in the world, next to Alcohol! COMMON SENSE goes ALONG WaY!!! Hope you figure it out😇
 
Hmmm... I'm glad I took the time to read this post. My WBC count has been steadily dropping since 1/2012 as has my RBC count and Hematocrit which are both now considered low. Hemoglobin (any lower and it is past the lowest number considered normal). Since May 2012, my Lymphocytes and Eosinophils have also been steadly going up and are high now.

I have severe constipation and dehydration issues. For dehydration I do IV 0.9% Saline solution at home fairly regularly using my implanted Port-a-Cath. For constipation I did a clean out and was using Miralax daily. The only thing accomplished with Miralax was a sore bum and some loose stools with a very, very, constipated tummy that was bloated so much that I couldn't fit into any of my larger clothing I keep for that purpose. I became very nausous and my stomach acid has gotten out of control again. I'm going to be increaseing my Nexium from one at night to one in the morn as well. I have started taking 4 Senokot to try to get things moving. If I have to take iron supplements are there any that don't cause severe or any constipation for that matter?

I look forward to reading your responses. Thanks.

Blessings, NL
Try Gafia, it’s iron derived from all organic plants. It’s amazing and taste good! Hope it helps!
 
you can get Iron in eggs, fish, liver, meat, poultry, green leafy vegtables, whole grains, enriched breads, cereals, beets, peaches, pears, rasins, and a whole bunch of other foods.

You really want to watch how much iron you are putting into your body daily because if you are getting too much it can cause problems.
 
You could buy a "Lucky Iron Fish" on Amazon. You put it in the pot and it adds iron to your food. World Vision distributes them to children living in poverty to improve their iron intake.
 
Another great product that my son takes for iron is called Blood Builder (Mega Foods)- made with a variety of organic farm fresh foods - it's in a pill form - and it also has folate, Vit C and B12. Great product.
 
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