I need me some iron!
November 28, 2008 1:37 PM Subscribe
Anyone have experience with intravenous iron treatments for anemia?
posted by missjamielynn to health & fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was diagnosed with anemia at the beginning of this year and took iron pills for several months until my doctor told me I was no longer anemic. However, she said I should continue to take the iron pills only when I get my period once a month.
When I initially started taking the pills, there was an adjustment period of about a month while my body dealt with some uncomfortable side effects. My stomach pretty much went nuts. After a bit, I got used to it and taking them daily wasn't so terrible.
Cutting down to just one week a month though, seemed to confuse my body and the discomfort lead me to become lax on taking them during my period.
I was feeling fine for the past few months, but have recently noticed anemia symptoms again. I know I need iron, but I really don't want to go back to the pills. I heard that there are alternative treatments such as getting the iron administered intravenously every 3 months or so.
Has anyone had any experience with this kind of treatment? If so, do you prefer it to the iron pills? Thanks!