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Before anyone tells you anything you should get advice by a licensed physician and run some labs on you. If your anemic I encourage you to ask your doc to consider a high potency prescription iron supplement - don't waste your time and money on the OTC stuff. There is a popular new prescription liquid iron out called NovaFerrum and don't be concerned about the taste - it has a good taste to it. I know it's helped lots of folks get the zing back in their step...:cool: You can look it up on the web - ask your doc about it.... hope this helps
Oh my gosh neeta, Fersamal, aka ferrous fumarate, is an iron salt and wreaks havoc on your GI track. You're taking it three times a day and after theses three doses you're only getting 60mg elemental iron which is the key iron component that addresses anemia. In addition, ferrous fumarate, being an iron salt, that is the transporter of the elemental iron, is not absorbed well at all and in the end you're not getting much of the iron you need.
OTC, Over The Counter, irons are not regulated by the FDA and in my humble opinion, are mostly junk.
The NovaFerrum I mentioned to you about is a gastroferrin and is readily absorbed in the small intestine bypassing the stomach. You only take it once a day and you're getting 100mg of the elemental iron you need minus all the side effects. Go to your doctor, if he or she hasn't heard of it, tell them to look it up on the internet, there is a website on the product.
It's available only by prescription and so you will have to visit with your doctor, but "please" I encourage you to visit with your doctor and ask to be switched from what you're taking. NovaFerrum is popular for doing the job minus the side effects. Keep us apprised - all the best..
- Hi DaleP, Thanks again. The Polysaccharide Iron Complex (Nifrex) that you mention, is this something I can buy OTC or does it need prescribing? I appreciate too what you say about not listening to you or anyone else on this board and listening to what my doctor says, but unfortunately this is my third doctor and tbh they don't take much notice with low ferritin levels and don't know alot about it this side of the planet. My current level is 29 and the normal range is 8-205 so they consider mine to be normal (so therefore ignored) even though my symptoms of fatigue and picking up every God forsaken virus and infection are very real to me and have dehabilated my life in rather an extreme way. So, I have to do all my own research as they don't seem to be interested. I found out on the internet to have optimal health your ferritin levels need to be at least 70. It may be hard to believe, but I have met other people here who have exactly the same problem with other ailments that seem to go on and on and on with no answers or support from their GP's or Consultants, at least in that I am not alone. It's very hard to find a doctor here who (1) isn't rushing to get you out of the door with a common prescription that covers alot of ailments as they have a queue of people to see and (2) wants to get to the bottom of why you're not improving, they're happier with giving you repeat prescriptions and so therefore it seems more of a money making exercise. Cynical as it sounds, that's been my experience in the last 12 years. This is why I joined such a board, I need as much support as I can get.
Hi Neeta,
I regret to hear that you have been challenged in the field of medicine where its left you to your own accord. That being the case, to answer your question, I'm not certain if you can or not where you live, but you should be able to get Nifrex without a prescription (if not ask your doctor to write you a script). If you cannot find it, just as long as what you do get has Polysaccharide Iron Complex you should be good. Also, make certain what you have has a good dose of elemental iron in it - that's what gets your ferritin levels to goal.
[QUOTE=neeta123;4895112]- Hi DaleP, Thanks again. The Polysaccharide Iron Complex (Nifrex) that you mention, is this something I can buy OTC or does it need prescribing? I appreciate too what you say about not listening to you or anyone else on this board and listening to what my doctor says, but unfortunately this is my third doctor and tbh they don't take much notice with low ferritin levels and don't know alot about it this side of the planet. My current level is 29 and the normal range is 8-205 so they consider mine to be normal (so therefore ignored) even though my symptoms of fatigue and picking up every God forsaken virus and infection are very real to me and have dehabilated my life in rather an extreme way. So, I have to do all my own research as they don't seem to be interested. I found out on the internet to have optimal health your ferritin levels need to be at least 70. It may be hard to believe, but I have met other people here who have exactly the same problem with other ailments that seem to go on and on and on with no answers or support from their GP's or Consultants, at least in that I am not alone. It's very hard to find a doctor here who (1) isn't rushing to get you out of the door with a common prescription that covers alot of ailments as they have a queue of people to see and (2) wants to get to the bottom of why you're not improving, they're happier with giving you repeat prescriptions and so therefore it seems more of a money making exercise. Cynical as it sounds, that's been my experience in the last 12 years. This is why I joined such a board, I need as much support as I can get.[/QUOTE]
I ran into the same kind of problem in that I suffer from Fibromyalgia, which has similar symptoms (apart from the not being able to breathe well thing) so I didn't think there was anything additionally wrong with me. Being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia sucks, but teh worst part is that if you have anything else that they can't figure out they think it's Fibromyalgia..especially if you have a doctor who doesn't put much stock into Fibromyalgia. My anemia brought me dangerously close to a heart attack or stroke and if it weren't for a standard blood test for something else it would have been missed entirely. You have to take control of your own health issues and not assume that the doctor knows everything





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