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Pregnant. Lower abdominal pain, black stools after taking Orofer XT and Calcimax. Advice - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 01-Mar-2013
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User:Hello Doctor
Doctor:I xxxxxxxx here
User:Hello xxxx.. My wife is around 15 weeks pregnent
Doctor:congratulations on that
User:she is having stomach ache from last few days
User:Thanks :-)
Doctor:I am sorry on that
Doctor:Is it a lower abdomen pain?
User:the pain started since she started taking these two medicine - Orofer XT AND Calcimax
User:yess... lower abdomen
Doctor:Orofer XT can cause lower abdomen pain
User:and some pimples are appearing on her head and fac
Doctor:You may try syrup formulation of the same
Doctor:Or change the brand itself
User:also color of her motions is black....
Doctor:Please do not panic
User:are these things happening because of side effect of one of the above tablet ?
Doctor:Orofer XT is iron and it does cause dark stools
User:oh!!! okay
User:and what about pimples and stomach ache ?
Doctor:Iron supplement has these common side effects
Doctor:Causes gastritis, pain abdomen, constipation
Doctor:Dark stools
User:pimples too... right ?
Doctor:It is very difficult to get used to this medication
Doctor:No, pimples are not caused by Iron
Doctor:It is caused by the pregnancy hormone, progesterone
User:so what would you suggest? shall she continue having iron tablets or stop it for sometime ?
Doctor:No, Iron is very essential for pregnancy
Doctor:Iron is a must
User:oh!!! okay
Doctor:She can change it to syrup form or change the brand of the iron
User:got it
Doctor:Please do not stop Iron at anytime in the pregnancy
User:which syrup she should use ?
Doctor:She can try orofer XT syrup itself
User:ahaa!!! okay
Doctor:or even better would be Tablet. ferrisis
Doctor:This is also good
User:okay.. yeaa... we will replace with syrup or ferrisis and see if it improves
Doctor:Yes, one more thing
Doctor:She can take it at bedtime
Doctor:and after eating dinner
Doctor:Never on a empty stomach
Doctor:She has to eat lot of fruits and also bananas
User:yeaa... right
User:she used to have 4 bananas daily ;-)
Doctor:That is good
Doctor:Hope you are following me, if not please ask me, I shall explain again
User:yeaa... I got it doctor... That was really helpful
User:also is Amla juice and pomegranete good in pregnency ?
Doctor:Yes, both are good
User:okay... any other suggestions doctor for healthy and intelligent baby...
Doctor:Mother should be stress free always
Doctor:She can read lot of books
Doctor:it helps
User:okay doctor
Doctor:She has to keep herself active
Doctor:She also has to do good amount of physical activity too
Doctor:Research indicate that babies listen to what mothers read and do
Doctor:So, in that way, if your wife reads knowledgeable books, it helps the baby
Doctor:Bye for now
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