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I've been taking Spatone for months and have not had a problem with it. Alternatively, my ferritin is not going up either so I'm thinking it's not strong enough.

I'm very sensitive to meds and supplements so I've been hesitant about trying any iron tablets. Last year I tried some chelated iron from Whole Foods but it tore up my stomach and my fingers started itching.

Finally, last week, I bought some Feosol (cabonyl iron). When I open the pack, I noticed it looked a LOT like the ibuprofen tablets I had been taking (brown coating). I recently developed an allergy to ibuprofen. About an hour after I take one, I get a single hive, usually on my chest or back, which lasts for about 3 hours and then goes away. I also get some flushing on my chest and neck. So, no more ibuprofen.

On Saturday night, I took the Feosol (half a tab). Within an hour, I had a huge hive on the underside of my left breast and some very small ones on my chest. I also had chest flushing and neck flushing. Just like the ibuprofen reaction. So, I'm thinking that I might not really have an ibuprofen allergy--that it is the "coatings" on these tabs. I have compared ingredients and found some likely culprits--yet, I then find these things in other meds I don't have a problem with.

Then I think: well, maybe it is the iron AND ibuprofen (thinking back to the itching I had with the Whole Foods iron). I just don't know what to think or what to do. And my GP is of no help. Have you ever heard of anything like this???

Christine
I wasn't sure what Spatone is, so I looked it up..sure looks promising, but it has only 5mg of iron. I know it says that it is better absorbed, so it is like 100% of the RDA, but one cannot be sure....

I suspect you need to take more, at the level of the [I]over the counter[/I] preps. Mine is 44 mg elemental iron. I think some anemic people take much more than this.

I mentioned to someone (can't remember) that I had tried FeoGen Sol, a childrens/infants preparation.Each dropperful is 15 mg elemental iron...so I take three droppers.

I think it is in a glycerine solution, I can't remember what else. However, I would think that if the preparation is for babies and children, some effort has been put in to make it easily tolerated.

I don't know about the allergy. I am sure it is possible, but I would think that the binding agents and coatings are a more likely suspect. Before I gave up, I would try the childrens liquid iron and see what happens.

I looked up your question and did see an article, but unfortunately, not a free one.

Allergy: European Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Severe skin reaction due to excipients of an oral iron treatment. 62(3):334-335, March 2007.Rogkakou, A. et al.

I looked up the word excipient and found that these are pharmaceutical excipients. (there are more)
Antiadherents
Binders
Coatings
Disintegrants
Fillers/Diluents
Flavors and Colors
Preservatives

Hope this helps.

Do you have an appointment with the hemo? :wave:
[QUOTE=sparkles916;2995892]I wasn't sure what Spatone is, so I looked it up..sure looks promising, but it has only 5mg of iron. I know it says that it is better absorbed, so it is like 100% of the RDA, but one cannot be sure....

I suspect you need to take more, at the level of the [I]over the counter[/I] preps. Mine is 44 mg elemental iron. I think some anemic people take much more than this.

I mentioned to someone (can't remember) that I had tried FeoGen Sol, a childrens/infants preparation.Each dropperful is 15 mg elemental iron...so I take three droppers.

I think it is in a glycerine solution, I can't remember what else. However, I would think that if the preparation is for babies and children, some effort has been put in to make it easily tolerated.

I don't know about the allergy. I am sure it is possible, but I would think that the binding agents and coatings are a more likely suspect. Before I gave up, I would try the childrens liquid iron and see what happens.

I looked up your question and did see an article, but unfortunately, not a free one.

Allergy: European Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Severe skin reaction due to excipients of an oral iron treatment. 62(3):334-335, March 2007.Rogkakou, A. et al.

I looked up the word excipient and found that these are pharmaceutical excipients. (there are more)
Antiadherents
Binders
Coatings
Disintegrants
Fillers/Diluents
Flavors and Colors
Preservatives

Hope this helps.

Do you have an appointment with the hemo? :wave:[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your insight. I don't have a hemo appointment yet. Still working with the GP (next ferritin test is June 7th). I agree that the Spatone is probably not enough, but promising since it did correct the anemia pretty quickly.

I cannot find FeoGen Sol in any store around here. I'll look for it on line. I have also been to several pharmacies around here (large chain ones) and no one carries the liquid ferrous sulphate you had mentioned earlier. Go figure???

I guess I'll just keep looking for another supplement. My grocery store did care a liquid iron prep for children, though not the one you mentioned. I think it was is teh "Vi Sol" family of liquid supplements (PolyViSol, TriViSol). Anyway, I should check that one out.





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