Jun 8, 2014
Hello, my labs say that iron is within the normal range but my ferritin levels are at too low at 7 ng/ml. my doctor said that means that the iron storage is empty and prescribed me a ferritin supplement. is it safe for me to take a ferritin supplement while having hiv? i read that high ferritin levels are somehow connected to a faster hiv progression. which is why i'm asking. i don't want to take that supplement and help hiv progress. i'm undetectable and cd4s are above 500
thanks in advance
Response from Dr. Holodniy
A low serum ferritin and normal serum iron level still likely indicate iron deficiency anemia, although hypothyroidism is a possibility. A workup for anemia should be performed and iron supplementation may be indicated depending on the clinical situation. You should check with your pharmacist about taking supplements with any HIV meds you might be taking to prevent any significant drug interactions. Your situation is completely different than people who have elevated ferritin levels and I would not be concerned about that.
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