Cut use of high-dose iron for mild deficiency: expert guide

New evidence-based advice is to maximise absorption with a low-dose oral regimen

Low-dose oral iron supplementation every second day is safer and more effective for treating iron deficiency than a daily high-dose tablet, new guidance suggests.

And dividing a high dose into twice or thrice daily doses is “physiologically inefficient” and does nothing to improve iron absorption, the Australian researchers say.

In a guidance document published in The Lancet, a team led by clinical haematologist Associate Professor Sant-Rayn Pasricha provides updates on the clinical best practice for management of both absolute and functional iron deficiency.

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