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Dark orange urine, low iron levels. Taking supplements. Recommendations?

Hi Dr. Grief,
So my iron levels are very low. I've been taken supplements over the counter and have f/u w/my physician and he has recommended that I have an infusion. Cause I have not gone yet, my urine is of a dark orange/red color. Does that mean my kidneys are failing. can I do something besides drink a lot of water and double up on my iron pills?
Wed, 18 Sep 2013
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Dear mr/ ms non-compliant, welcome to HCM. If oral iron is not sufficing for what ever reason, you need i.v infusion, so dont delay, especially if your haemoglobin level is low. B complex suppliments can cause change in urine colour. The color of urine does not indicate kidney failure, you need to have tests (KFT blood test and urine routine test) to confirm that. I also suggest you get your liver function tests (blood test), and hepatitis virology (HBsAg and anti HCV antibody) done as well.
Do let me know if I can be of further help. Best wishes. RB
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