Health Tip: If You Have to Take Iron Supplements

Suggestions to make the medicine go down

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(HealthDay News) -- If you are anemic or need iron supplements for another reason, taking the pills can be difficult.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to make taking iron supplements a little easier:

  • Take the pills with food.
  • Gradually work your way up to the number of pills your doctor prescribed each day. Start out with one a day, then after three to five days, begin increasing the amount until you've reached the daily dose recommended by your doctor.
  • If iron pills make you constipated, add fiber to your daily diet.
  • If the pills make your stomach upset, don't take them before you go to sleep.
  • If a particular brand causes problems, ask your doctor about different brands or formulas.

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