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Old 09-16-2017, 08:19 AM   #1
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Proton Pump Medication and Supplementation

I was diagnosed with IDA in Feburary and put on one pill per day. It has cured the anemia and my numbers are good. Didn't take long. The doctor said it is likely the PPI I take caused it and that because I take a PPI and likely will all my life, I have a propensity to anemia and should remain on iron supplementation all my life.

Anyone else find this to be the case?

I am 73 and people my age don't seem to require as much iron to cure anemia. Studies show we can take as little as 15mg elemental iron per day.

But I guess my question is, how much is a good amount of iron to remain on?

Any thoughts?
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Old 09-17-2017, 06:31 AM   #2
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Re: Proton Pump Medication and Supplementation

The only way to know what is a "good amount" of iron is to have your blood work done regularly and discuss the results with your doctor. Its different for everyone and as you stated correctly, the older you are, the less supplementation you require.

Your doctor needs to watch your levels closely until you find the correct supplementation which keeps your levels where they should be. Too much can hurt you and not enough isnt going to make you feel better!

There is no "across the board" answer to your question. Talk to your doctor about your diet as well. Certain foods can help and this may mean less supplements.
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