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[QUOTE=Forensicmom;3879628]I just started taking the iron supplements 1 1/2 weeks ago. I increased the chelated iron from 1 pill to 2 pills after about 5 days. It's still ok on my stomach but I've definately noticed my bowels slowing down. I'm not constipated yet but getting close. Will that get any better? Other then taking laxatives, is there anything else I can do to help it?

Also, approximately how long does it take to start feeling better and having more energy after you start the supplements?[/QUOTE]

Forensicmom--For me I take a higher dose iron, the higher the dose the less the constipation it works in the opposite direction. You can try to eat an apple everyday. I think it works well. You don't need OTC meds you can use fruit, if you like it. If that doesn't work I would try changing iron to a higher dose maybe if you can tolerate it.

It takes a while to feel better. It took me a long while, but that is not true for everyone. It depends how low your numbers go, and for how long. Mine went on a long time before we knew it. Keep us posted.

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