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Both of my iron supplements (Niferx and Ferrex which are poly iron) were prescribed by my hematologist and I picked them up at the pharmacy counter not OTC so they both came with the normal instruction sheet that you get with a prescription medicine. Both advise that [B][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]the iron pills are best taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. If stomach upset occurs, you may take this medication with food. Take with 8 ounces of water. Avoid taking antacids, dairy products, tea or coffee within 2 hours before or after this medication because they will decrease its effectiveness. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication[/COLOR][/B]

[B]lotsawalls:[/B] I have never had any problems like you and I always take it either 2 hours after eating or 1 hour before. Sorry that happened to you.

[B]FLFLOWERGIRL[/B]: I didn't know the reason for not lying down for 30 minutes - I assumed it had something to do with damaging the esophaghus but never could find it written anywhere so thanks for that update. Must be like the meds for osteoporous i.e Fosamax etc.

As for the answer to your question "Are the B's added only for rebuilding RBC's per your hematologist OR is it because of a B-12 deficiency? My B12 levels are okay. Ironically when the insurance didn't cover the Niferex which had the Vitamin C, my pharmacist recommended that I ask my doctor to prescribe the Ferrex. I called the office and spoke to the nurse about my problem and asked if the doctor could prescribe the Ferrex 150 Forte. She later called me back and said a new script was called in. After I picked it up I discovered that it did not have the C but instead had B12 and folic acid. The next time I saw the doctor, I forgot to ask until the very end of the appointment about the new med and why she picked that one etc and the fact that it didn't have any C and she said that was what the nurse asked her to write. Duh??? didn't she do any research herself? I have since checked it out and have found that there is a Ferrex 150 Forte Plus that has C, B12 and Folic Acid covered by insurance so when I se eher on april 7 I will ask if she will presribe that instead. I also want her to check my B12 level again. It was 857 in July and 897 in November but she didn't check it in January. Also my Folic Acid was only checked in July. I don't want to worry about causing higher levels of B12 and folic acid!!!! I know B12 can be depleted sue to the PPI's but there has to be a happy medium, right???

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