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 182 50
General health 51 11
Fatigue 44 14
Iron deficiency 24 17
Iron Deficiency Anemia 20 4
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 9
Mild 23
None 62

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Iron supplement

Side effect Patients
Constipation 17
Stomach pain 5
Nausea 3
Black stools 2
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 2
Stomach upset 2

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Iron supplement

Dosage Patients
325 mg daily 5
1 tablet(s) daily 4
65 mg daily 4
50 mg daily 3
1 mg daily 2
1 tab(s) daily 2
25 mg daily 2
27 mg daily 2
28 mg daily 2
30 mg daily 2

See all 41 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Iron supplement

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 32
Other 24
Doctor's advice 13
Did not seem to work 9
Side effects too severe 9
Expense 5
Personal research 3
See all 83 patients who’ve stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration

Currently taking Iron supplement

Duration Patients
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 4
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 12
2 years or more 41

Stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 15
3-6 months 9
6 months-1 year 11
1-2 years 22
2 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 57
Usually 24
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 68
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 49
Not specified 46
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12 patient evaluations for Iron supplement

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tigger13039
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tigger13039
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
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: Little
external_stress: Some
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
adi411
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adi411
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 26
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 4 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

See adi411's full Iron supplement history

Jun 28, 2012 (Started Jan 29, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anemia)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tab(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: Well it's great ! I don't have a single complaint. I just stopped it since I'm pregnant and the only three medications I'm taking is Hydroxychloroquine, Colostrum (natural), and Prenatals.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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