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 63 20
Fatigue 56 22
Iron deficiency 25 18
Iron deficiency anemia 22 7
Low iron levels 11 8

Show all 38 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 69

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Iron supplement

Side effect Patients
Constipation 21
Stomach pain 5
Nausea 4
Black stool 2
Irritable bowel syndrome 2
Abdominal cramps 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Iron supplement

Dosage Patients
325 mg daily 19
65 mg daily 9
28 mg daily 5
27 mg daily 4
90 mg daily 3
1 mg daily 2
1 tablet(s) daily 2
1 tab(s) daily 2
30 mg daily 2
100 mg daily 2

See all 45 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Iron supplement

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 35
Other 25
Doctor's advice 15
Side effects too severe 12
Did not seem to work 10
Expense 7
Personal research 4
See all 96 patients who've stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration

Currently taking Iron supplement

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Iron supplement

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 57
Usually 33
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 74
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 61
Not specified 45

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Iron supplement after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ferrous Gluconate (Fergon) 1
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13 patient evaluations for Iron supplement

Aug 19, 2008 (Started Jul 25, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 tab(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 17, 2008 (Started Sep 16, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 90 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 5, 2008 (Started Nov 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anemia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: constipation is eased with a glass of red wine
Side effects: constipation

  • 0 helpful marks
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