Ferrous gluconate sources, health risks

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by

Ferrous gluconate is a type of iron. When you ingest iron into your system, it becomes a part of your hemoglobin, which transports oxygen via your blood to tissues and organs, and myoglobin, which helps your muscle cells store oxygen.

Ferrous gluconate can be found in olives or vitamin supplements. It can be used to treat iron deficiency anemia, which is the presence of a very small amount of red blood cells in the body due to lack of iron.

Avoid taking antibiotics such as doxycycline (Doryx, Oracea, Adoxa, Vibramycin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), ciproflaxin (Cipro), demeclocycline (Declomycin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), minocycline (Solodyn, Dynacin, Minocin, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap) and antacids two hours before you take ferrous gluconate.

Foods such as whole grain or “fortified” breads or cereals, fish, liver, and meat should not be eaten two hours before ingesting ferrous gluconate. Do not break, chew, or crush a ferrous gluconate capsule or tablet; swallow it whole.

Harmful effects that can be caused by ferrous gluconate

Ferrous gluconate can aggravate the conditions of people who have porphyria (a genetic enzyme that affects the skin or nervous system); hemolytic anemia (a condition wherein red blood cells are destroyed and removed from the bloodstream before their lifespain is over); iron overload; liver or kidney disease; thalassemia (a blood disorder which causes the body to make an abnormal form of hemoglobin).

Ferrous gluconate should also not be taken by alcoholics and people who regularly receive blood transfusions. Allergic reactions include difficulty in breathing; hives; swelling of tongue, throat, face, and lips. Side effects of taking ferrous gluconate include constipation or diarrhea; stomach pain; black or dark-colored stool or urine; nausea, vomiting, heartburn; and temporary staining of the teeth.

You should immediately call a physician if you notice that there is blood in your stool upon intake of ferrous gluconate, or if you notice an unbearable pain while swallowing a ferrous gluconate tablet.

Body systems harmed by ferrous gluconate

Ferrous gluconate is bad for the digestive system. Too much use of it can cause gastrointestinal issues. Worst case scenarios feature the development of carcinogenic tumors in the intestine, which is not surprising since ferrous gluconate is toxic in all forms.

Where to learn more

Summary

Ferrous gluconate is a type of iron.

Ferrous gluconate can be found in olives or vitamin supplements.

Ferrous gluconate should also not be taken by alcoholics and people who regularly receive blood transfusions.

Sources include:

EverydayHealth.com

BeFoodSmart.com



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