Iron Supplement

The red blood cells in the blood contain the maximum amount of iron. Iron is essential for good health as red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to other tissues of the body. You might need iron supplements in conditions like iron-deficiency anemia, pregnancy, during menstruation, dialysis, excess blood loss, etc.

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Do I need to use iron and vitamin D based on my blood test reports?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a general health query. Please examine my reports and suggest dietary changes and supplements like iron or vitamin D if required. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Swaraj Waddankeri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I suggest the patient continues using tablet Fibrator (Atorvastatin and Fenofibrate) as the lipid levels will rise once he stops using the medicines. I also suggest he take vitamin D suppl...  Read Full »

Are irregular periods a reason for my chest pain and breathlessness?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having some chest pain and breathlessness with light activity. I went to the doctor and they did some tests. I have got the results back but do not have an appointment until next month. Could you look over my reports?Last year, I had anemia due to heavy periods. My periods are still i...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to I can understand your concern.I have gone through the reports you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity).You are having low iron and low hemoglobin level.This can be the reason for your symptoms.Your WBC (white blood cell) count is also sligh...  Read Full »

My serum iron levels are very high after taking iron supplements. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old female with a history of low iron and hemoglobin due to heavy periods and bleeding in between periods due to fibroids. For the last several days, I have been taking 65 mg of elemental iron because of this issue. I am not taking any other medicines. My blood pressure ...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. As mentioned in the history, you have iron deficiency anemia due to bleeding. Ferritin and iron values increase in a short time due to the intake of iron supplements. Your high iron levels are due to iron tablet intake, and you do not have to...  Read Full »

Why is my son's hemoglobin level been low for one year?

Query: Hi doctor,My son is 13 years and six months old and has had a low hemoglobin level of 9.8 g/dL for the past year. The doctor suggested a Tasiron iron supplement, but it did not improve. Regular beetroot juice, pomegranate juice, a non-vegetarian diet, and homeopathic Iron sulfate supplements did not...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. Iron deficiency is not only the cause of low hemoglobin in your son. He has some chronic infection or illness that prevents his hemoglobin from building up. Based on low-grade fever and high C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, I could infer al...  Read Full »

My iron supplement contains 18 mg of iron. Is it sufficient to treat my iron deficiency?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in my early twenties and my body weight is 210 pounds. Recently, I got some blood investigations done and the findings are as follows: Iron - 46 mcg/dL. Ferritin - 5 mcg/L. Iron Saturation - 12%. Low MCH and MCH. Hemoglobin - 12.6 g/dL. I bought an iron supplement and it...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Elemental iron means the total amount of iron available for absorption by your body in the tablet. 18 mg elemental iron is not enough to treat iron deficiency anemia. Your hemoglobin level is not very low so you could probably have mild iron deficiency anemia for wh...  Read Full »

My CBC shows an iron deficiency. I am really nervous. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had an iron deficiency in the past. So, my doctor ordered a CBC. My CBC came, and it really worried me. The reports showed that I also had low B12 and Vitamin D. I have attached those reports. I lose a lot of blood during menstruation. I am nervous until my next CBC. Right now, my p...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have an iron deficiency anemia as microcytic hypochromic blood picture. For 7.6 hemoglobin level, I would suggest iron tablets. It has to be taken without interruption for at lea...  Read Full »

Which foods help improve hemoglobin levels in the body?

Query: Hello doctor, I am anemic. How to increase hemoglobin levels in my body? Which fruits should I take?  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If your hemoglobin is below 10g/dL, then iron supplements have to be taken once daily. Syrup Ferritin is a good choice. A healthy diet will definitely help in elevating your hemoglobin level very soon. Have three meals a day with adequate fruits and soups in between...  Read Full »

Do protein supplements cause black stools?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 16 years old. I have started taking a protein supplement since yesterday. I passed black stools this morning. Is this black color because of the protein powder?  Read Full »

Dr. Kini

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Protein supplements do not cause black stools. Black stools, also known as melena, occur if there is bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract. There are chances of black stools if you take medications like Pepto-Bismol or Iron supplements. So, if you are not on Pep...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment to become a father.

Query: Hi doctor, The semen analysis reports are as follows: volume 3 mL, abnormal forms 0℅, motility - rapidly progressive-20℅, sluggishly progressive-20℅, non-progressive-10℅ and immotile-50℅, pus cells-10 to 12 per hpf vitality-50℅. I have a sperm count of less than 10 million per mL. What...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since your sperm count is low and immotile sperm count is high, there is a 40 % to 50% chance. But there is a treatment for the same. Please consult your specialist doctor. Revert in case of further queries.  Read Full »

Can I take iron supplements after recovery results in toxicity?

Query: Hello doctor, I began presenting last fall with some chronic fatigue. The initial blood work showed low iron saturation without anemia. I have attached reports of the same. There were other endocrine-related findings as well. In the course of various endocrine-related treatments and corresponding bl...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In my opinion, iron supplementation can be stopped because serum iron, TIBC (total iron binding capacity) and hemoglobin levels are within the range. Fatigue can occur in hypothyroidism, or due to anxiety, lack of sleep, exhaustion, stress or lack of exercise. Repeat...  Read Full »

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