How long after iron pills can I start eating?

gadgetlady
on 2/2/10 12:31 pm, edited 2/2/10 12:32 pm
Is it one or two hours?  I don't want to have to check the labels of everything I eat and make sure there's no whey, dairy, wheat, etc.  I take my iron in the AM when I wake up and would like to start breakfast an hour later.  I try to wait two hours, but sometimes it'd be a lot easier if I could do it after one.

Along the same lines, is it acceptable (not preferrable) to take calcium one hour after iron or must we wait two hours for proper absorption?



After my lap band failure, I'm loving my RNY!

1 Cor 4:7 - What do you have that you did not receive?
Sharyn S.
on 2/2/10 12:34 pm - Bastrop, TX
RNY on 08/19/04 with
Take your iron right before you go to bed.  Problem solved. 

Sharyn, RN

RIP, MOM ~ 5/31/1944 - 5/11/2010
RIP, DADDY ~ 9/2/1934 - 1/25/2012

gadgetlady
on 2/2/10 12:40 pm
I take it before bed and when I wake up.  I take a lot so I split it up.


After my lap band failure, I'm loving my RNY!

1 Cor 4:7 - What do you have that you did not receive?
Sharyn S.
on 2/2/10 12:48 pm - Bastrop, TX
RNY on 08/19/04 with
There is really no need to split it up, as with calcium.  Just take it all at night.  That's what I do.

Sharyn, RN

RIP, MOM ~ 5/31/1944 - 5/11/2010
RIP, DADDY ~ 9/2/1934 - 1/25/2012

gadgetlady
on 2/2/10 12:52 pm
I understood the max to be absorbed at one time was about 50 mg.  Is that incorrect?


After my lap band failure, I'm loving my RNY!

1 Cor 4:7 - What do you have that you did not receive?
Andrea U.
on 2/2/10 12:59 pm - Wilson, NC
I've never seen a max absorption for iron.  Ever.

In fact, I've never even seen a number put to it -- where'd you get it?  I don't trust it, but am curious where you got it.


vitalady
on 2/8/10 12:57 pm - Puyallup, WA
RNY on 10/05/94
I was taught 150mg max, right about the same time I learned about the 500mg calc/max.

But since we'd already been taking 300mg with excellent results, I just threw it out, like so many things that don't apply to malabsorbers.

Michelle
RNY, distal, 10/5/94 

P.S.  My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.

Sharyn S.
on 2/2/10 1:01 pm - Bastrop, TX
RNY on 08/19/04 with

Never heard of a max.

Sharyn, RN

RIP, MOM ~ 5/31/1944 - 5/11/2010
RIP, DADDY ~ 9/2/1934 - 1/25/2012

gadgetlady
on 2/2/10 1:04 pm
Wow.  Good question.  I don't recall -- I thought it was on this board somewhere but I'm sure it'd be impossible to find now.


After my lap band failure, I'm loving my RNY!

1 Cor 4:7 - What do you have that you did not receive?
Andrea U.
on 2/2/10 12:46 pm - Wilson, NC
It's best to wait about 2 hours if you can.

If it's really difficult, you can switch to heme iron -- the threshold is much higher than ionic iron (600mg of calcium versus 300mg) but you pay quite a bit more for the added absorption and for the ability to take it with more stuff.