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I had been taking iron tablets (ferrous fumarate) over a

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I had been taking iron tablets (ferrous fumarate) for just over a week (one per day) but as they were making me feel ill I stopped taking them on Tuesday night. I have been feeling ill and having lose stools. Last night my stomach pain last night caused me to get no sleep. I know it can a while for Iron to leave your system and it can cause irritation but I just wondered if it was normal to continue for this long. Thank you

Thanks for your question.

Iron preparations take about 4 days to start showing their effects and side effects can also last for many days after stopping.

The effects staying so long is normal and you need to give some more time for side effects to go away.

Still if stomach pains are severe and persist it would be safer to have a doctor look at you to rule out any other cause causing the abdominal pain.

I am a different expert. It is not normal for diarrhea, loose stools, to persist a week after stopping iron pills.

I would strongly recommend that you should be evaluated further and have a stool test to rule out an infection.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you so much for your reply. Would you recommend calling NHS 24 to see a Dr today or will it be ok to wait till my doctors surgery is open tomorrow?
Thank you again

You can book an appointment with the GP.

I am sorry for the late response as I was away all day today.

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