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Diarrhea related to Iron Tablets

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#1 dj'smum

Posted 15 April 2005 - 09:55 AM

I have been getting recurring diarrhea for the past 3-4 weeks - definitely not a tummy bug as have been tested for that.  I recalled that it my first pg I had diarrhea while taking a certain type of iron tablet, but once I changed to a different one it went away.

I am now taking the same one I took for most of my first pg and the diarrhea continues.  I stopped taking the iron tablets for about 3 days - and the diarrhea stopped.  Tooked one again this morning, 3 hours later - it starts all over again.

So obviously it is the iron tablets, so my question is this - Are there any other products available that contain iron that anyone else has used?  For the record the one I am taking now is a Blackmores Prescription IP82, ave also taken FGF and Fefol with the same results.

I really do need to have an iron supplement every day.  I don't eat much red meat due to Irritable Bowel, and the iron content in the Blackmores PG formula is insufficient.  Last pg I still ended up very anaemic even with taking iron tablets, so am really worried about not finding an alternative pretty soon.

Any advice would be appreciated.


DS Daniel Nov 02
M/C June03 Molar Pregnancy
Squiggle # 2 is coming!!

#2 chky_cel

Posted 15 April 2005 - 10:02 AM

I read somewhere that taking a slow-release iron tablet/formula would help with the side effects like diahorrea or constipation etc. But I'm thinking that Fefol and FGF are both slow-release.... so that may not help you.

I'm taking Ferro-Gradumet which is only iron, no other stuff like folate in it and it seems to be okay for me.

A pharmacist did recommend a liquid iron supplement that's supposed to be really good with absorbtion by the body and no effects. Buts its quite expensive. Maybe see if they have that in store and try it out.

I'm not much help, but I do hope you get something that works!

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#3 MummyMelissa

Posted 15 April 2005 - 10:25 AM

Not sure i can help too much. But just letting you know i have the same problem. FGF is shocking for me, but FEFOL is great. Only problem is that i cant find FEFOL anywhere - all out of stock!

I know what you mean about the need for supplementing. I just can't get enough through food for me. But perhaps, you could find one that is a medium dose - say 30mg as opposed to the 80mg in FEFOL or 110ish in FGF? And take it 2 or 3 times a day. I'm sure there is one out there, I just can't remember where i saw it. Maybe look at all the one's in the supermarket.

Good luck. I'm just putting up with it at the moment till I can find some FEFOL.

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DH - Ben - 31

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#4 dj'smum

Posted 15 April 2005 - 10:40 AM

Thanks girls.  Might have to try the liquid iron supplement and see how that goes.  

Have just checked the bottle of Blackmore Iron Tables and they are only a 15mg tablet - and I am only taking 1 per day and it is still causing problems.

My body doesn't produce enough natural folate to allow proper iron absorption, but in pg that's not a prob as I take 2 folate tabs per day.  Maybe the extra folate is making me absorb too much?

DS Daniel Nov 02
M/C June03 Molar Pregnancy
Squiggle # 2 is coming!!


Posted 15 April 2005 - 10:56 AM

Hi girls,

I too have had iron problems with both pregnancies and had probs with the loo..  I am now on a midwife reccommended iron drink.  It's called Flouridix and you buy it at Health Food shops.  Its chock a block full of iron and vit c products and you have to have 10 mil once or twice a day.

I think it's on the expensive side but I'm finding it much better for my system and it's an all natural product.  Dosnt taste fabulous but ok for such a small amount i guess.

Hope this helps.


DH 27
ME 26
DD 22/03/03

#6 Feeona

Posted 15 April 2005 - 11:29 AM


My sister, and myself both suffred with the runs when taking iron tablets.  Didn't matter what sort.

I found the only suppliment that didn't affect me that way was Floradix. Its about $25 for a 250ml bottle.  It doesn't taste too bad. so it is fairly easy to get down.  You take about 10ml 1-2 times a day.

I hope this helps.

#7 MummyMelissa

Posted 15 April 2005 - 01:08 PM

Hi Marg...

Just a hint aswell. To check the amount of iron, you will see there are normally two different amounts listed. EG: Blackmores has 15.7mg of ferrous fumarate  = 5mg Iron. Ferro Grad C has 325mg Ferrous Sulphate = 105mg elemetal Iron. Usually the lower number is the one to check when making your comparisons, cos different brands can source iron from different areas. That got me out a while ago, till the pharmacist told me about it. I might have to give that liquid supplement a go too i think!

Melissa - 30
DH - Ben - 31

My First!!! And it's a boy!!! Due 6/6/05

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