The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Fatigue and AnemiaFatigue and Anemia
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

how to reduce side effects of iron pills
Oct 29, 1999

I am taking 325 mg of iron daily although it causes constipation. What can I do to quell this side-effect with natural products without taking laxatives.

Response from Mr. Molaghan

Hello Taking iron pills can be tough. Seems like the trade off for a normal energy level is constipation. The best treatment for constipation with a natural approach should include- Increased water intake! Essential…two liters a day is great! Green leafy vegetables cooked or raw. Oatmeal helps. Lots of fruits (do you like prunes)? Natural psylium husks are available in many health food stores. Mixed with water it makes a bulk laxative that is gentle and can help "move things through", without any surprises. Keep in mind, increased water intake is essential after using psylium (which is the active ingredient in the comercial product Metamucil), to enhance absorption into the grain, adding soft bulk to the intestine. Apricots, prunes, and plums are also effective natural stool softeners and sometimes prune juice is an excellent cathartic.

anaemia and 'nodding off'
my friend

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint