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
General health 59 17
Fatigue 50 20
Iron deficiency 24 17
Iron deficiency anemia 23 6
Low iron levels 11 8

Show all 36 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 11
Mild 26
None 65

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Iron supplement

Side effect Patients
Constipation 21
Stomach pain 5
Nausea 3
Black stools 2
irritable bowel syndrome 2
Upset stomach 2

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Iron supplement

Dosage Patients
325 mg daily 9
28 mg daily 4
1 tab(s) daily 3
65 mg daily 3
325 mg twice daily 3
650 mg daily 3
1 mg daily 2
1 tablet(s) twice daily 2
10 mg daily 2
50 mg daily 2

See all 41 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Iron supplement

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 34
Other 26
Doctor's advice 15
Side effects too severe 12
Did not seem to work 10
Expense 6
Personal research 4
See all 94 patients who've stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration

Currently taking Iron supplement

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 55
Usually 32
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 20
Not at all hard to take 73
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 57
Not specified 45
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13 patient evaluations for Iron supplement

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

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

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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