Treat iron deficiency anemia with approximately 60 to 120 mg of ferrous iron daily At a different time of day, give supplemental zinc and copper as part of a vitamin/mineral supplement. (See Tab 9 for details.)
Side effects are dose related and are most common at doses of 120 mg of elemental iron or more.
Nausea, cramps, constipation, or diarrhea, if they occur, often persist no longer than 3 to 5 days after the woman begins to take iron supplements. If they do persist, lower the dose temporarily or substitute a slow-release preparation at mealtime.
Suggest, as appropriate:
Let me give you the name of a liquid or chewable preparation if you have difficulty swallowing tablets.
Taking iron to treat iron deficiency anemia helps to reduce fatigue , headache, dizziness, and shortness of breath and increases your ability to adapt to blood loss at the time of delivery.
You may notice a darkening in the color of your stools. High doses of iron sometimes cause constipation or (less often)diarrhea.
Use safety caps and keep supplements out of the reach of children.