What is Iron supplement?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: FeraMAX Poly Iron 150 Spring Valley Easy Iron Show all

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See also: Ferrous sulfate Hematinic Formula Hemocyte Plus

Iron is an integral part of many proteins and enzymes that maintain good health and an essential component of proteins involved in oxygen transport. It is also important for the regulation of cell growth and differentiation. Supplemental iron is available in tablets, liquids, injections, infusions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anemia 193 53
General health 55 16
Fatigue 47 18
Iron deficiency 24 17
Iron Deficiency Anemia 21 5
Low iron levels 10 8

Show all 39 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 10
Mild 24
None 61

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Iron supplement

Side effect Patients
Constipation 19
Stomach pain 5
Nausea 3
Black stools 2
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 2
Upset stomach 2

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Iron supplement

Dosage Patients
325 mg daily 6
1 tab(s) daily 3
65 mg daily 3
1 mg daily 2
25 mg daily 2
325 mg twice daily 2
325 mg three times daily 2
daily 2
1 mg weekly 1
1 capsule(s) m,w,f 1

See all 38 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Iron supplement

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 33
Other 24
Doctor's advice 14
Side effects too severe 11
Did not seem to work 10
Expense 5
Personal research 4
See all 89 patients who’ve stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration

Currently taking Iron supplement

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 27
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 67
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 54
Not specified 42
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13 patient evaluations for Iron supplement

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Mare
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Mare
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Mare's full Iron supplement history

Jan 26, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My dosage is not in the list. I take the most common 65 mg per day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
tigger13039
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tigger13039
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See tigger13039's full Iron supplement history

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Sep 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Iron deficiency)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 54 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 1, 2011 (Started Sep 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anemia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Iron deficiency)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 650 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 2, 2010 (Started Sep 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anemia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Iron deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
marie1970
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marie1970
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: None
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F46y
CFS:19y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See marie1970's full Iron supplement history

Mar 29, 2015 (Started Oct 25, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Low Hemoglobin)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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