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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