I am wondering if anyone has had success treating their Celiac related Iron Deficiency Anemia while taking a Proton Pump Inhibitor such as Prilosec or Prevacid?
I am currently taking Prevacid for GERD and have been taking various PPI's for about 3 years now. I was just recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and am hoping that as my body begins to heal that I will be able to stop taking PPI's completely, but I have only been gluten free for a few weeks and still have lots of GERD issues.
I also have moderate anemia and my doctor has recommended that I take either 325 mg of iron, or 65 mg of elemental iron, three times a day. Everything I have read says that PPI's reduce stomach acid and inhibit absorption of iron. My doctor kind of blew me off when I asked him about this and said we could test in a few months to see if I am absorbing the iron. I am wondering if iron supplements will even work in correcting the anemia while I am taking the PPI? I would dive right in and start taking them, but when I have taken iron supplements in the past it has made me very nauseous along with constipation. I'm not sure if I should put my body through taking such high doses of iron if it won't be absorbed anyway?
If anyone here has any experience with the situation I would so appreciate any advice or suggestions. The fatigue and brain fog the anemia is causing me is pretty extreme and I want to work at correcting it as quickly as possible.
For reference my iron blood test numbers are:
Ferritin: 2 , Iron: 11 , Iron Binding Capacity: 466 , Iron Saturation: 2 , Hemoglobin: 9.2 , Hematocrit: 30.7
They are all out of ideal range, but I don't think they are bad enough for IV iron.
Thanks in advance!