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I was also taking oral iron and I had to take at least 3 daily to get my levels to increase at all. I had the same side effects from the oral iron that you have described and they didn't get any better over time, in fact the side effects got worse and my body stopped responding to the oral iron. My Dr finally recommended iron infusions. The iron infusions didn't have any side effects and have helped my levels to rise quickly. In general I feel better after the infusions but it doesn't last too long for me...about 4-6 weeks of feeling normal and then anemia symptoms return. My levels don't drop back down to being out of range for about 5-6 months, at which point i get another round of infusions. I will be on the 4th round later this year. I don't have any other health issues and have been tested for all the normal causes of anemia and they haven't found anything. Hopefully the iron infusions will work better for you and you won't need them as often as I do.





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