Iron Supplements and Pills : Side Effects
- The side effects are rare in healthy, normal individuals. But here are some of the side effects of taking iron supplements or pills:
- Many people may experience various gastrointestinal side effects for taking iron supplements such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dark colored stools, and stomach distress.
- Bluish-colored lips, fingernails, and palms of hands; convulsions (seizures); drowsiness; pale, clammy skin; shallow and rapid breathing; unusual tiredness or weakness; weak and fast heartbeat are some of the late symptoms of iron overdose.
- Adult doses, can be a hazard for children. Keep iron supplements safely out of the reach of children.
- Liquid forms of iron supplement tend to stain the teeth. In that case, mix each dose in water, fruit juice, or tomato juice. Also, iron stains on teeth can usually be removed by brushing with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or medicinal peroxide.
- Iron poisoning has been found in children whose mothers have taken too many pills during pregnancy. So if you are pregnant, check with your doctor before taking iron supplements.