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Old 01-13-2014, 01:25 PM   #1
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I have iron-deficiency anemia and have had trouble with the pills causing...well...some plumbing issues. Talk about painful.

Does anyone have this problem, and what do you do to get around it?

It doesn't matter whether I do Slow FE or regular iron supplements, and I found the regular iron to be better for me in terms of feeling better.

I've tried prune juice, but...good lord. If I have to drink it, I will, but I don't like the extra sugar, etc.
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Maybe you could try diluting it? I've found a prune juice cocktail at the local dollar stores that's 49% juice, is sweetened with sucralose (if you're ok with artificial sweeteners), and has 8 grams of sugar per 8 ounce serving (I only have half a serving at a time). I had some serious constipation while I was pregnant (even before I had to start on the iron pills) and it did the trick. I've also added a small amount of regular prune juice to my smoothies on occasion and that helped as well. Oh, and there's always good old fashioned prunes (if you can stand the taste/texture), that way you get some fiber in with your dose!
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Try taking the pills called Easy Iron. They are easier on your system.
Taking magnesium at night helps loosen things up.
I also find eating a few dates helps, and they are deliciously sweet, while still being a clean food.
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