Side Effects of Floradix

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The iron supplement Floradix aids in preventing and treating iron deficiency. It also boosts energy and promotes overall health. Patients suffering from iron deficiency may be encouraged to take Floradix, or another iron supplement.

As with all supplements, though, you should speak with your doctor before beginning a vitamin regimen and be informed of all side effects.

Iron Deficiency

Anemia describes blood's lack of healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body, which in turn gives the body energy. Without substantial iron, your body weakens. Iron deficiency anaemia may go unnoticed; however, as your body becomes weaker and your anaemia gets worse, you will exhibit more symptoms. You may experience feelings of exhaustion and weakness, in addition to pale skin, shortness of breath and lightheadedness. Because your body cannot carry oxygen sufficiently throughout your body, your hands and feet may feel cold. Your body will become more susceptible to infection, and you may feel irritable and lack an appetite.

Causes of Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency commonly results from blood loss. Women who bleed heavily during their menstrual period, for example, are at high risk for iron deficiency. You may also suffer from iron deficiency if you do not consume enough iron-rich foods, including meat, eggs and dairy. Vegetarians are often encouraged to take iron supplements.

Intestinal disorders can also lead to iron deficiency, as iron from food is absorbed into your small intestine. Crohn's disease, for example, inhibits your intestine's ability to absorb nutrients like iron. Additionally, pregnant women also commonly experience iron deficiency since their iron provides for increased blood volume to the foetus.


Your doctor can recommend an iron supplement regimen to follow for your iron deficiency. These supplements can cause constipation, so your doctor may also suggest you take a stool softener.

Side Effects

Many iron supplements can turn your stools black because of unabsorbed iron. This is not a side effect about which you should worry, as it is not a sign of damage to your body.

Floradix may also cause constipation, bloating and gas, as with most iron supplements. Stomach cramps, heartburn, nausea and vomiting may also occur when you begin an iron supplement regime. Consult your doctor if you experience severe stomach or chest pain, or if you notice a blue tint to your lips or nails.

Tips and Warnings

You can purchase Floradix online or at your local pharmacy. Inform your pharmacist of all medicines and supplements you take before introducing Floradix into your daily regimen.

Those who suffer from ulcers, colitis or intestinal disease should not take Floradix without consulting their doctors.

The website (see the link in Resources) warns not to exceed the recommended daily allowance, adding, "haemoglobin levels increase in red blood cells within two to three weeks but it can take approximately six months to replenish iron stores to acceptable levels."