What is Iron supplement?

Category: Supplements

Most Popular Types: FeraMAX, Poly Iron 150, Spring Valley Easy Iron, (Show all)

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Generic Name: Iron supplement

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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Iron supplement

Severe
6
Moderate
8
Mild
23
None
49

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Iron supplement

Patients
18
Patients
5
Patients
3
Patients
3
Patients
2

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Iron supplement)
Dosage
65 mg daily
Patients
41
Dosage
1 tab(s) daily
Patients
25
Dosage
325 mg daily
Patients
24
Dosage
27 mg daily
Patients
17
Dosage
daily
Patients
16
Dosage
1 mg daily
Patients
13
Dosage
1 tablet(s) daily
Patients
9
Dosage
50 mg daily
Patients
9
Dosage
100 mg daily
Patients
9
Dosage
28 mg daily
Patients
8

Dosages based on patients currently taking Iron supplement.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Iron supplement (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
32
Reason
Other
Patients
24
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
12
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
9
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
8
Reason
Expense
Patients
5
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
4
Reason
Personal research
Patients
3
See all 87 patients who’ve stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration

Currently Taking Iron supplement
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
3
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
10
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
8
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
65
Stopped Taking Iron supplement
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
5
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
13
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
9
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
11
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
21
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
21

Adherence


Always
Patients
50
58%
Usually
Patients
20
23%
Sometimes
Patients
13
15%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
3
3%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
3
3%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
5
6%
A little hard to take
Patients
19
22%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
59
69%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
1%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
4
5%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
44
51%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
37
43%
Last updated:

12 patient evaluations for Iron supplement

tigger13039
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tigger13039
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
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: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Some
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F45y
CFS:18y Dx
I am: vb
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: 25
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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