Expert tips by Tanya Burgess (pharmacist)
If you have low iron, your Doctor may recommend taking iron tablets. These are some of the things you need to be aware of before you start taking them:
DISCLAIMER: This information is general in nature, always speak to your Pharmacist when buying new medications and discuss any concerns with them or your Doctor.
* May make you feel nauseated and can be taken with food
* Split the dose over the day to reduce the nausea
* If constipation is an issue take ferrous fumerate (Ferro-F)
* Take with vitamin C to increase absorption eg some lemon, orange
* If you need iron replacement a multivitamin is not adequate, take a separate iron replacement
Only take iron on doctor’s advice after having a blood test to confirm deficiency
Tanya Burgess (BPharm, Grad Dip Clinical Pharmacy) is the mother of 3 little girls and is a qualified pharmacist at Fremantle Hospital with over 14 years hospital pharmacy experience. To see all Tanya’s articles, click here.