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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?
    I am not a medical professional and not qualified to give medical advice.

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    Old 09-17-2017, 06:31 AM   #2
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    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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    Old 06-05-2018, 09:10 AM   #3
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    I was taking omeprazole daily because of a hiatal hernia and gerd that was caused by that. I am also anemic but also have other problems since taking the medication. I have stopped taking it because my pharmacist suggested these medications have an effect on nutrient absorption and there was a high occurrence of osteoporosis with people taking it. I believe this medication can have adverse effects on bacteria in the gut and intestinal tract, both good and bad which in turn has an effect on nutrient absorption. I have ibs symptoms that started after taking this medication that go away after taking antibiotics so I believe it is bacterial overgrowth caused by the ppi. I agree with the previous post that you should get your mineral levels checked regularly and start at a low dose of iron.

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