Before using iron supplements you should consult a doctor. You should not take them on your own because using them may have side effects such as nausea, diarrhea and constipation. This is why you should maybe start consuming them with half of the recommended dose and gradually increase the intake or use the recommended amount in divided portions. Iron supplements should be taken in combination with food. In preventing iron deficiency anemia it is also important that you get tested regularly, especially if you have been diagnosed with anemia before. You should follow your doctor’s instructions in treating iron deficiency. The treatment may last long and it is important to follow it through. It is also important to keep them away from children, an iron overdose is highly toxic.
The most common iron supplement is ferrous sulphate which may be followed by side effects. If the side effects are too heavy, then another form of iron supplements is applied (ferrous gluconade). Iron supplements function best if consummated with iron rich food. The more iron rich food is consumed, the better will they function. In some cases, there is an underlying cause of anemia and your doctor will first check if this is the case. If that turns out to be the case, then your doctor will primarily concentrate on curing that illness. You will have visit your doctor more than once so that he can monitor the progress of your recovery and give you further instructions. If the results are better, then your doctor will have you return in several months, and you will have to continue the treatment until that next appointment.
The monitoring process usually takes for about a year. After that, you should feel an improvement and be able to stop with the treatment. If the iron level in your body starts decreasing again you will probably have to continue to take the iron supplements again, and in the form of a tablet a day. The repetitive decrease usually happens if you do not consume iron rich foods, if you are pregnant or have heavy periods. If this is the case, you will have to take your iron supplements regularly, and if you stop the treatment your condition will stay unimproved.