In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on iron deficiency anemia and the role of supplements in helping to counter the symptoms and effects of this condition. Supplements are one of the most useful potential treatments for low iron levels, which can cause all sorts of issues in the body, and knowing the ins and outs of how they work can be very important for those managing iron deficiency.
At Pharmics Inc., we're happy to offer the very best iron supplements available for anyone managing iron deficiency. Today's part two of our series will look at possible side effects of iron supplements to be aware of, some dosage considerations, and some general expectations on how long iron supplements may take to decrease symptoms and help you feel better.
Proper Dosages for Iron Supplements
One area that will vary heavily from person to person is the proper dosage of an iron supplement. It's important to be careful with dosages, as taking too much iron can result in more harm than good. Always take a supplement according to the recommended dosage labeled on the bottle or packaging and consult your doctor if you have any questions before taking a new supplement.
There may be some cases where your doctor will recommend supplements at a much higher dosage than recommended on the bottle, though this is not common.
Side Effects of Iron Supplements
Another important thing to be aware of are the potential side effects that can come with taking iron supplements. It's important to be aware that these side effects are quite rare in those who are taking their recommended dosages - they are more common among those who are not sticking with the recommendations and are taking too much.
For oral supplements being over-consumed, issues are mostly GI-related - things like nausea, stomach pain, constipation, and vomiting. These symptoms normally subside when the dosage is reduced or stopped entirely.
For intravenous iron supplementation, hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs) are a much more serious concern - these reactions are quite rare, but can lead to anaphylaxis in severe cases. Symptoms of the HSR include itchy skin, hives, swelling, wheezing, abdominal pain and fever.
Again, all of these potential side effects are extremely rare when taking iron supplements according to dosage recommendations.
How Quickly Iron Supplements Begin Working
While this varies between individuals, most people will begin noticing the impact of iron supplements within a few days of beginning their course. You may begin to notice less tiredness or increased energy levels, or a few other minor improvements.
However, it should be noted that even with supplementation, it often takes time to build up your body's iron reserves to ideal levels. This may take between 3 to 6 months, or even longer in some cases.
It's important to stick with your course of supplementation and continue taking the supplement according to the prescribed dosage until you have received an okay from your doctor to discontinue use.
Iron supplements are a great way for those managing low iron levels - but like many things, they need to be taken properly and with care in order to maximize their effects and minimize any potential side effects. By understanding how they work, knowing proper dosage recommendations, being aware of potential side effects, and having realistic expectations on how quickly they can start working - you'll be in the best position possible for managing your iron deficiency and improving your overall health.
At Pharmics Inc., we're here to provide the very best supplements available and help you get on your way to better health. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Check with your physician before taking an iron supplement or giving an iron supplement to an infant or any child.
*WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep iron containing products out of the reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.
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