Following a conversation with my GP discussing the need to raise my Ferritin level I need some information.
(Before anyone suggests it I think IV iron infusions are out of the question!)
The GP is reluctant to prescribe me oral iron because she can only prescribe tablets that we agreed might be too strong. She therefore suggested I buy over the counter (otc) tabs that will be gentler.
Someone on here told me about PatchMD, sorry I can't remember who, but thank you.
I discussed this with her because this bypasses the gut and therefore won't cause the same problems as oral iron AND it also bypasses the absorption limitation. She thought my Ferritin needed to be 50ug/L, didn't know it needed to be at least 100ug/L.
However she raised two questions about the patch which I'm hoping someone can answer - Please.
One : she asked how the patches worked, because iron molecules are quite large and she didn't think they couild pass through the skin. So can anyone witness that they do work?
Two : she was worried that as it bypasses the absoprtion limitation I might get TOO MUCH iron. Has anyone got any information about this please?
The only other alternative I can think of is sticking nails in myself. That would be self limiting because after sticking so many in, the pain would be too much. Especially if they were rusty!