Iron Replenishment -- Giving You More Iron
Iron Supplementation is the use of oral iron in the form of a pill, fortified food or a liquid. Most iron pills are ferrous sulfate, a non-heme type of iron and available over-the-counter. Heme-based iron pills are not so commonly found over the counter, but can be obtained with a prescription. We encourage you to read about iron deficiency anemia, anemia of chronic disease and the diet for iron deficiency with or without anemia before taking iron pills.
Iron Injections or Infusions are often used when a person is chronically iron deficient. Your healthcare provider will advise you where this type of therapy will be performed and address any side effects that you may experience. We encourage you to read about Iron: Supplement, Inject, Infuse or Transfuse (PDF).