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Iron supplements

Could anyone advise me about where to buy a good iron supplement in Zurich? I've found this website with some good supplements: https://www.farmaline.ch/
But since it's not Swiss I think I would have to pay custom taxes. Does anyone know how importing supplements work?
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Old 16.08.2017, 18:43
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Re: Iron supplements

I can't answer your question but if it's about iron only this may do the trick for quite a bit less.
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Re: Iron supplements

Thank you for the recommendation. I forgot to add that I prefer ferrous bisglycinate, because it's easier on the stomach.
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www.farmaline.ch/
But since it's not Swiss I think I would have to pay custom taxes.
Err, what part of the .ch is unclear? Yes, it's a Swiss website, charging in Swiss Francs, so you won't be liable for customs charges.
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Err, what part of the .ch is unclear? Yes, it's a Swiss website, charging in Swiss Francs, so you won't be liable for customs charges.
err because the not on the side of the page about delivery to Switzerland says it is sent by international B-post and takes 4 days (assuming google translated it properly) and that the company itself is appears to be based in the Netherlands.
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Re: Iron supplements

Or maybe Germany.

"Farmaline.ch
Shop-Apotheke BV
Dirk Hartogweg 14
NL-5928 LV Venlo

Ger.-mail address:

FARM ALINE
Postfach 410118
41241 Mönchengladbach, Germany

Managing Director:

Michael Köhler, Theresa Holler, Dr. Ulrich Wandel, Marc Fischer and Stephan Weber

Commercial register: KvK Venlo 66549302

phone 061 588 04 56"

Phone seems to be a Swiss number though since no country code in front of it.

Also as far as postage goes Switzerland is classed as non-EU so you'll be charged at least 12 francs on top of the purchase cost.

"The delivery is done by our international mail Bposte. Know the shipping cost for Switzerland it is from 12 CHF, depends on the weight of your parcel of course. During the order, you will find in your basket the delivery cost.

Please note that during an international delivery from Europe to Switzerland (NON-EU), there is the possibility that you should pay additional customs or import taxes. The expenses are at your expense. We have no influence on these fees and we can not predict the amount of the prize. If you would like more information, please contact the local customs office."

As far as I'm aware Switzerland isn't usually considered non-EU for postal stuff so why the extra charge?
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Re: Iron supplements

I usually have troubles absorbing artificial iron but when I was anemic - Maltofer drops were incredibly efficient. I could feel the effects in energy levels right away. The only thing was weird - it gave me periodes of confused appetite, either none or like I haven't eaten for a year. Every pharmacy has it here.
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Re: Iron supplements

I'd first check with your GP whether iron supplements are appropriate.
In my case for example, they would provide only very negative impact (beta thalassemia minor).
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Re: Iron supplements

You are quite specific with your question - means you know what exactly you want.

However:

I am not a specialist in the specific terms, but i use Spatone iron-rich water. It is sold in the UK. Easy on the tummy whereas iron tablets can cause some bowel 'stoppages'.
I am low in iron, probably something to do with my origin, so if you need to take something for a very lengthy period, Spatone may be a good option.
I normally ask my friends to bring a box when they visit. It is sold in Boots, a well-known drugstore chain.
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I'd first check with your GP whether iron supplements are appropriate.
This.

I "suffer" from severe iron deficiency, earlier in life it was coupled with anemia, though that went away. I took iron supplements for years, decades really, with no lasting effect other than constant nausea and stomach pains, until I finally found another treatment that actually worked/works.

Have you had your blood tested or is this self-diagnosed? If you did and have an actual deficiency, your doctor will tell you which treatment is best suited for you. Randomly throwing in iron supplements isn't necessarily the smartest as they can and often do have quite a few unpleasant side effects.

That being said, for me, the supplements that were the comparably least problematic were I think from Burgerstein. Really no need to import anything, you can get dozens of different supplements here.
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Re: Iron supplements

I would recommend Floradix. Its available in Migros, Coop, Pharmacy etc.

https://produkte.migros.ch/floradix-vitamine-eisen

https://www.coopathome.ch/de/Sch%C3%...Saft/p/3163618
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Re: Iron supplements

To all those who asked, I was tested and had very low iron levels. The doctor actually recommended iron shots.

And thank you for all your supplement suggestions. As far as I know, Farmaline is a Dutch company.
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To all those who asked, I was tested and had very low iron levels. The doctor actually recommended iron shots.
As in 'intraveneous'? If so, is there a reason why you didn't go for them?

My wife was told she needed them yesterday as nothing else was working.
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Re: Iron supplements

Because I'd have to go to the hospital, which was so inconvenient.
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Re: Iron supplements

My local hausarzt is an iron centre, so they can do iron infusions without the need for hospital, I suspect there are other places that do it as well, but I suspect it is more a case of time than location.
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To all those who asked, I was tested and had very low iron levels. The doctor actually recommended iron shots.
Then do this and believe me, speaking from 25 years of experience here If that is his suggestion and your iron levels are critically low (which I'm quite sure they are given that was his recommendation), no amount of eating supplements will have ANY effect.

Also, I've been doing this for years and have not once gone to a hospital to get the shots.
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Re: Iron supplements

Did you doctor recommend any treatment after the infusion?
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Re: Iron supplements

If you have low iron taking supplements will prevent levels getting lower but will not raise them sufficiently.
As someone who has recently had two iron infusions, after taking iron tablets for a year with little to negligible effect I say go for the iron infusion.
I have much more energy, am happier. I thoroughly recommend it.
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If you have low iron taking supplements will prevent levels getting lower but will not raise them sufficiently.
Not necessarily. Some people (like me) struggle to retain any iron when taking it orally through food or supplements. So you can eat all the iron in the world, the levels would continue to drop.

My levels dropped to essentially nothing many years ago. At that stage you would typically collapse and be in a hospital. My doctor was surprised I was still standing. I normally need 4-5 intravenous treatments to bring the levels up to a what I would never achieve otherwise, after which they slowly decline over a period of 1.5-2 years. Then I have to go back and go through another cycle of treatments. I can only recommend this, cause I agree with the poster above that it makes a substantial difference in energy levels. And I stand by my opinion that if the doctor recommended this course of action, there's a reason for it.
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Not necessarily. Some people (like me) struggle to retain any iron when taking it orally through food or supplements. So you can eat all the iron in the world, the levels would continue to drop.

My levels dropped to essentially nothing many years ago. At that stage you would typically collapse and be in a hospital. My doctor was surprised I was still standing. I normally need 4-5 intravenous treatments to bring the levels up to a what I would never achieve otherwise, after which they slowly decline over a period of 1.5-2 years. Then I have to go back and go through another cycle of treatments. I can only recommend this, cause I agree with the poster above that it makes a substantial difference in energy levels. And I stand by my opinion that if the doctor recommended this course of action, there's a reason for it.
I'm in exactly the same situation. My doctor - or rather my doctor's nurse - gives me the infusion at the practice. I've never had to go to hospital for it.

As the others mentioned, if your iron is so low, no matter the pills you take it won't be enough.
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