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Old 03-04-2010, 01:56 AM   #1
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What dose of iron to start with for low ferritin?

I have hypothyroid/Hashimoto's and just found out my ferritin levels are 21. My doc said to start taking iron to get it up to at least 70 if not higher, but he didn't know what dose to take.

Also, do I need more than Vit. C with iron? I've seen some supplements that have B vitamins, folate and copper as well.

 
Old 03-04-2010, 07:35 AM   #2
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Re: What dose of iron to start with for low ferritin?

Ok, if your doctor couldnt tell you the dose of iron to take, i would QUICKLY FIND another doctor. Why? Because too mcuh iron could kill you. And thats no joke. He should be prescribing you iron. He could start in low dose and adjust as needed. Iron dosage honestly is not per test level, it differs per person based on the circumstance. Not all people can take iron in all forms.

If your doctor is just suggesting an iron supplement for over the counter be careful as well. Many stores have pulled real iron for the reason I stated above. So much of what you get will have some if any affect. I would truly suggest looking at getting real vitamins and minerals through food and work on an exercise regiment. You will feel a lot better. Exercise can just be a walk, or a dance routine. If all else fails, and you have to get an over the counter, try a multivitamin and look for Iron, C and D.

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Re: What dose of iron to start with for low ferritin?

I've seen three doctors who seem to know nothing about iron, and right now my main concern is finding a good thyroid doctor since I've been suffering from hypo symptoms for two years. I literally have not been able to exercise for over a year because of my severe hypothyroid symptoms. I've read thyroid meds don't work as well when ferritin is below 70, so I really have to get my levels up there or I'll never feel better. Being hypothyroid also prevents your body from absorbing vitamins and minerals from food as well, so just eating better won't make a difference. I've been taking a multivitamin with iron this whole time and my ferritin keeps dropping. I'm having symptoms such as not being able to breathe well too, so I cannot do any form of exercise because I can't get any air. It's difficult just walking.

 
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Re: What dose of iron to start with for low ferritin?

Hiya,

My ferritin is also 21, but my doctor says I should just do nothing about it - what kind of advice is that?! So anyway, I know that 21 is very low, and if I just leave it, it will just get lower then I will need treatment. Might as well treat it when it's within the normal low range rather than in the low.

I went to a health food store today to get iron tablets. They have Vitamin C in them too which will help me to absorb the iron. Only thing is, the highest dosage I could find in the health food store is 14mg (the normal daily amount). You could maybe try this dose and see if it helps? Although, you are best trying to get prescribed a higher dose from a doctor to get your levels up. Wish I could get prescribed a higher dosage but my doctors just won't do it.

Have you had other vitamins tested to see if anything else is low? My B12 is low as well as my ferritin. Have you had B12 tested?

 
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Re: What dose of iron to start with for low ferritin?

Also, here are some food alternatives. If you can't get enough from over the counter vitamins and minerals try using foods to get you the rest of the way. No matter which approach, it takes time for your body to see a difference. Hope this helps. Josie

For Vitamin C, try these: Grapefruit, Guava, Kiwi, Mango, Orange, Pineapple, Strawberries, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Green Pepper. Cod, and Lowfat Yougart.

For Iron try: Avocado, Blackberries, Cherries, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Watermelon, Bok Choy , Brussels Sprouts, Butternut squash, French Beans, Kale, Leeks, Lima Beans, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Cashews, Coconut, Oats, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Rye, Wheat. You can also try many of the meats. The highest iron content is in Beef Liver. Caviar and Sardines also had a high amount. I found this info listed with the USDA. And a fun easy treat is Beef Jerky.

 
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Re: What dose of iron to start with for low ferritin?

Around 50 -100mg per day is the usual amount prescribed, though it is a bit of a ballancing act, between side effects and efficiency.

Two preperations that have a good reputation as far as side effects go are Slow Fe and Sundown Perfect Iron. Both contain 50mg of iron per pill. Taking the pill(s) with a glass of orange juice can help with absorbsion because of the vitamin c it contains, plus, a glass of OJ is good for you in so many other ways.

You can take a good multivitamin (such as Centrum, One a Day, or one of the generic store brands) to get all the ancillary factors your diet might need, eg vitamins, trace minerals etc.

I would keep taking the multi even when you stop the iron, a multivitamin costs only a few cents a day, which out of your total costs for food is virtualy nothing, and provides so many nutrients - very cheap insurance!

Best of luck!

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