People take iron supplements when their bodies do not have enough
iron. Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin is part of red blood
cells. It carries oxygen through the body. Without enough oxygen, you may feel
weak, dizzy, and short of breath. You may tire easily. You also may feel
grumpy, have headaches, and have trouble concentrating.
Most people begin to feel normal after a few weeks of taking iron
pills. But you need to take the pills for several months to build up the iron
supply in your body. This can take up to 6 months.
You can buy iron supplements without a prescription. Your doctor
will give you directions on how much to take and for how long. Your doctor will also tell you whether you
need any testing for iron levels.
Common side effects may include:
You may have other side effects or reactions not listed
here. Check the information that comes with your medicine.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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