Could ferrous sulphate supplements be making me anxious?

I've been taking ferrous sulphate for iron deficiency for the past two weeks. Since then I've noticed an increase in anxiety symptoms. I also take zinc, magnesium and a vitamin B complex. Do you think the extra iron could be causing me more anxiety?

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by: Jude @ anxietyunravelled

Hi, I think it's really unlikely that it is the iron that is causing you to feel more anxious. It's a pretty neutral kind of supplement and if you have been short on iron it's more likely to be helpful than otherwise.

You may be better off visiting your local health food shop and finding an iron supplement that's a bit easier to digest - ferrous sulphate can tend to make people a bit constipated! An Iron Amino Acid Chelate is easier for the body to absorb especially if it has added vitamin C and B vitamins.

All the best,
Jude

Ferrous sulphate does cause anxiety
by: Anonymous

Hi, the FDA have issued statements in the past linking a definite side effect of increased anxiety when taking ferrous gluconate, ferrous fume rate and ferrous sulphate. The anxiety itself is harmless but horrible to endure. It is a rare side effect and less than 10% of people taking an iron supplement suffer from it. However it is a side effect, consult with your doctor if the symptoms get unbearable.


by: Judy

Thanks for the comment. It's also true that anxiety can sometimes be linked with lack of iron, which is easier to understand from a physiological perspective. I guess the main thing is, if you think a particular supplement may be an issue try not taking it and see if it makes any difference.

Generally speaking, anxiety can attach itself to almost anything - if we've felt anxious in a particular set of circumstances we can come to the conclusion it's the circumstances that are the cause, rather than the state of our nervous systems. So the highest priority is doing what we can to re-establish a settled mind and body.

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