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I think that I could possibly have overdosed on iron. I was

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I think that I could possibly have overdosed on iron. I was diagnosed with anaemia around two years ago and prescribed ferrous fumerate. Upon seeing my GP after continued hair loss after taking the tablets, she said to just keep taking the tablets. but over the last two-three weeks I have been feeling nauseous (but have never vomitted) my skin has gotten a little darker, and I get headaches once in a while.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok thank you

This can be a side effect associated with the use of iron supplements

You should have a fresh blood count to see how is your hemoglobin and also test for iron to see if it has normalised or not

You can take Peptobismol for these symptoms and Ranitidine

Both available over the counter and see your GP for the tests

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hi, thank you. Ok so shall I just go for a blood test and then it will let me know if I have an overload of iron? what will happen if they say I do? I have been reading some (scary) stuff online and I can't do anything till monday when the GP surgery opens and I am kinda scared of iron poisoning
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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How much ferrous fumarate you are taking daily?


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
that was the one originally prescribed and that my doctor said to carry on taking
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have been taking it twice a day
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
that is why I am extra worried
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
but I had a long gap of like two months and then started taking it again after I remembered to get more tablets
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
only for the last 20 days

How severe was your iron deficiency?


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
the doctor said my iron count was 17 at the time I took a blood test
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
but that was a year ago

Taking two tablets daily means an elemental iron intake of around 210mg

This is unlikely to be a toxic dose and unlikely to cause any toxicity

You just relax and see your GP for repeat test to see if you need it any more or not but nothing to worry about


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
OK thank you so much!!! I am just worried because I saw stuff online about what iron toxicity does and got scared and it is saturday so couldnt even make a gp appoinment...shall I stop taking the iron tablets in the mean time?

Yes you can stop for two days till you see the GP


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok thank you!! you have made me feel a bit better...what are major signs of iron poisoning just so I know for future reference (sorry to be annoying I just wanna be careful)

The usual symptoms are


Abdominal pain




In severe cases

Low blood pressure

Liver damage


Metabolic acidosis


Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok thank you. how do I end the chat? just exit the tab?

You are welcome

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