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Old 09-24-2010, 10:34 AM   #1
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Ulcerative Colitis and anemia, what iron is best besides ferrous sulfate

I have UC and during a trip to the ER for Bronchitis they found I was anemic. I went to my family Doc for further bloodwork and I am Iron deficiency anemic. He gave me ferrous sulfate which made me really dizzy.That was only one pill a day. He said with my GI bleeding they wanted to be careful not to make it worse. So I called and told them about the side effect. They said to go to the store and ask for a recommendation on a different Iron and be sure to say what the slow fe did.
Is chelated Iron better then ferrous sulfate or is there a different one I should try first. I am going to go to the health food store and get one. Anyone else sensitive to synthetic Iron? I took prenatal vitamins ok and they have a lot of Iron in them so I am not sure why I had that reaction.

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Old 09-24-2010, 05:26 PM   #2
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Re: Ulcerative Colitis and anemia, what iron is best besides ferrous sulfate

Leslie35--Yes, I am one of those people that cannot tolerate Ferris Sulfate, it gave me enteritis for 3 months and could not be stopped with any med's or by my GI doc, scary and lost 15 pounds. It had to just run its course. So, then my GI doc said I have two other options which was IM iron or Poly Iron and that he didn't recommend IV iron due to risks of it. I was successful with the Poly Iron 150, which is 150 mg of iron and Vit-C included. It is made for people that cannot tolerate iron. You can also have a reaction to any fillers that may bind the iron as well. Ferris Sulfate usually comes with 65 mg's of iron so you need to know an amount that your doctor is prescribing. What I take is OTC but it is behind the pharmacy and you have to ask for it but you can buy without a script you just have to buy the box. With a written script you can try 30 days. With iron supplements you have to work with your body and what is tolerated by you may not be by others so you just have to try it. But knowing your condition I would recommend something like Poly Iron IF your doc agrees to the amount. I don't know how anemic you are. I just know for me there was no other iron to give me the amount I needed so that my Hgb wouldn't drop further. Ferris Sulfate on the other hand is extremely absorbable OMG!!! But a killer on the GI tract for some. You will find many doctors know nothing about iron supplement and supplements are NOT created equal. I hear good things about the chelated iron on this board. You should also be sure that you know your ferritin level and that a B-12 and folate test was done. Sometimes these are skipped and you don't get the whole picture. Take care. FLFG
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Old 09-24-2010, 06:54 PM   #3
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Re: Ulcerative Colitis and anemia, what iron is best besides ferrous sulfate

I take Floradix - it's liquid, and the iron form is ferrous gluconate - it's the only thing that didn't wreck my stomach. Tastes terrible, though, you must mix it with juice and take it through a straw or you will gag. But it raised my hemoglobin from 10 to 12 in 6 weeks. Now my hemoglobin ranges around 14. I feel like a new person.

Old 09-24-2010, 07:03 PM   #4
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Re: Ulcerative Colitis and anemia, what iron is best besides ferrous sulfate

Thank you very much. I also have heard good things on chelated Iron. When I called my doctor and told him how dizzy I got he said to just go to the store and get a different type.
I am just over the mild anemia line into the moderate. I did not get a copy of my blood work but the nurse said my anemia was due to low iron.

Old 09-26-2010, 02:28 PM   #5
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Re: Ulcerative Colitis and anemia, what iron is best besides ferrous sulfate

I saw the floradix there and man I wish I could afford it especially since the specialist they had there had personal experiance with anemia and that product saved someone else she knew from a blood transfusion. I got the second best thing though and got the pill form of the same type of iron. So far I am handling it just fine. I have even thought about asking to go on the dreaded steroids longer to make sure I do not bleed anymore so my anemia will get better that much faster.

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