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Question: Centrum for Anemia?

 Dr. Quack - Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:05 pm

In a female patient with severe iron-deficiency anemia caused by malnutrition (symptoms include amenorrhea, fatigue, dizziness, palor, cyanotic lips and nail beds) would a couple of Centrum multivitamins daily be enough to alleviate symptoms? Symptoms have been present for roughly three months.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:44 pm

User avatar Hello,
The recommended daily dose of iron for iron deficiency anemia adults is 150-200mg of elemental iron per day.
Centrum has 10 mg of iron.

The ferrous salts (gluconate, sulfate, fumarate) contain higher levels of elemental iron. Do not take with food as the absorption is lessened. Watch out for GI symptoms (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, belly pain).

Consult your physician before starting iron supplementation and have your hemoglobin levels checked every few months.

Take care.

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