Uterine fibroids can cause heavy menstrual periods and unusual monthly bleeding patterns often leading to iron deficiency anemia. To address this issue, iron pills were used in the first phase of my fibroid treatment.
I was already taking little green 65mg ferrous sulfate pills 3 times a day. My Gynecologist switched my prescription to 151mg Chromagen® Forte capsules twice a day. I had the feeling that the pills would be big. I really don’t like to take big pills.
Sure enough, they were HUGE! The large purple gelatin capsules reminded me of Mike & Ike Jolly Joes Grape candy. I could leisurely chew those but would (oh, no) have to swallow my medicine whole. Surprisingly, I was able to take the pills. They looked pretty big but actually didn’t feel big at all. Iron pills can cause stomach upset, heartburn, and constipation but I did not experience any problems.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has a helpful site with anemia information. It discusses symptoms, causes, foods high in iron, and tips on taking iron pills.