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Anaemic, will Superdrug iron tablets tide me over?

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NiceToesNaughtyToes Sat 22-Apr-17 08:49:23


Have been feeling awful for the last week or so and received a message from my GP last night to say I'm slightly anaemic. Unfortunately I didn't receive the message until after the surgery closed and now cannot organise a prescription for iron tablets until Monday.

So I was wondering if anyone knew whether picking some up from Boots/ Superdrug would be just as good and tide me over til the prescription. Are they the same dosage? Would be nice not to feel so dizzy and exhausted!!

Huge thank you if anyone can help!!x

beargrass Sat 22-Apr-17 08:50:57

The only thing I found about iron tablets was that they can make you constipated sad you can also get a liquid version but I'm pretty sure the prescription ones will be the best!

DrewOB0 Sat 22-Apr-17 08:52:34

You can get iron tablets without prescription. Take them with vitamin C and a natural source of Iron to help the absorption.

eurochick Sat 22-Apr-17 08:54:00

Try spatone instead.

Also, you can buy iron tablets over the counter. If you call the surgery and ask what has been prescribed, you can probably buy it (they are only a few pounds).

Littlejayx Sat 22-Apr-17 09:11:25

Spatone all the way! I put it in either water or juice.

chelle85 Sat 22-Apr-17 09:11:39

Seconx spatone. They are liquid so easier on digestive system and they have vit c in with the iron for absorption

Beachhairdontcare Sat 22-Apr-17 09:20:25

To be honest if it's only a matter of 2 days then it won't make much difference, iron tablets aren't an instant fix so you may as well eat lots of iron rich foods this weekend and wait til Monday.

NiceToesNaughtyToes Sat 22-Apr-17 09:41:58

Thank you for all the suggestions, will have a look at spatone too smile

vfoster Sat 22-Apr-17 11:28:17

If I remember correctly, when I was prescribed iron tablets the pharmacist sold me them over the counter as they are cheaper than a prescription.
Perhaps go and ask the pharmacist who will be able to advise?

SlB09 Sat 22-Apr-17 11:34:39

Not same dose by far, also two days will not make a dot of difference to how you feel. I would just wait for your script.

FanaticalFox Sat 22-Apr-17 22:39:52

Always take with orange juice. No constipation here been on double dose iron tablets since around 20 weeks.

Sal1977 Sat 22-Apr-17 22:48:39

Don't bother with Floradix if a pharmacist offers you those. Load of shit. My iron level dropped after taking them for a couple of weeks as the Ferrous Fumerate were making me feel rough. The GP switched me to Ferrous Sulphate and they aren't as bad.

Imstickingwiththisone Sat 22-Apr-17 22:53:21

2 days won't make a difference OP. It takes a while to get your iron levels up. As someone has already said, just get a load of iron rich foods down you this weekend and perhaps research which ones are best as it's surprising what contains a lot of iron and isn't necessarily just red meat and green veg. Bananas for example

Chloris33 Sat 22-Apr-17 22:57:42

I'm slightly anemic too and my GP won't prescribe iron tablets - apparently they only tend to if your Hemaglobin level is 110 or below. I got 2nd opinion and it was the same. I was told to eat iron rich foods and take pregnancy multivitamin containing iron. x

TestingTestingWonTooFree Sun 23-Apr-17 07:03:53

I like spatone with orange juice (avoiding tea/coffee at the same time). I found the side effects of iron tablets pretty unpleasant.

Lowdoorinthewal1 Sun 23-Apr-17 07:09:25

I also like spatone, but find the best thing Feroglobin liquid. They sell it in Sainsbury's. I take it all the time and double up when PMT hits- find it very effective.

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