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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 10:29 AM   1
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Bad diarrhea when on iron supplements?* updated*


I'm 35 weeks pregnant on sunday and have been taking extra iron supplement for about two weeks and today ive been getting alot of diarrhea! (sorry TMI) ive been over 7 times today. Its starting to make me feel really ill now.

I thought iron makes you constipated? is any one the same? Im feeling really fed up now i cant sleep ive had a bad back on and off since 26 weeks with no help from the GP or midwife now this!!!!



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 10:31 AM   2
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I had the exact same effect with the iron tablets. Made me feel really yucky too. I took myself off them in the end (I lasted 2 weeks before I'd had enough). I told my mw and she said to try and increase my iron intake in foods instead. Green vegetables, dark chocolate etc. x



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 10:49 AM   3
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it can cause either constipation or diarrhoea. everyone is different. I got diarrhoea from it too & bad stomach cramps. I'm trying to get Sytron liquid from the docs now as it doesn't cause as many side-effects as the tablets which all contain iron salts (very irritating on the GI-tract) x



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 10:52 AM   4
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I would go back to docs and ask tem to change your iron tablets. or if you can afford it go and buy some spatone from the chemist.



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 13:32 PM   5
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I had the same effect from tablets and went on Spatone- much much better!

Are you sure your symptoms are related to iron tablets.. you said you are taking them for 2 weeks already. Maybe it is a tummy bug.. I would wait and see for a couple days, or stop taking them for a while to see if it gets better.



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 14:59 PM   6
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this could maybe be what my problem is i was on ferrous sulphate but my stomach got soooo sore and was running to the toilet all the time. They have now put me on ferrous gluconate said that i wouldnt have the same problem but for the past 3 days i have been on the toilet all day i wonder if i should mention it to mw on friday?? xx



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2010, 15:27 PM   7
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I've had bad diarrhea lately too, but I never made the connection. I think you're onto something!



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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 03:33 AM   8
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this could maybe be what my problem is i was on ferrous sulphate but my stomach got soooo sore and was running to the toilet all the time. They have now put me on ferrous gluconate said that i wouldnt have the same problem but for the past 3 days i have been on the toilet all day i wonder if i should mention it to mw on friday?? xx
Im going to when i see mine today x



 
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 03:40 AM   9
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Old Mar 11th, 2010, 03:56 AM   10
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I have it too, the doctor said that it was because of the iron tablet. I usually switch to a BRAT (banana rice applesauce toast) diet during the night, before I take it. It usually helps. But if it is so severe as to go to the bathroom 7 times and get stomach cramps, it could be a stomach bug.



 
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