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What are the risks of taking iron?

One risk of taking iron is overdose. In fact, iron overdose is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under the age of six. If you suspect that you or your child overdosed, call your doctor or the poison control center immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, seizures, loss of consciousness, stomach pain, tiredness, vomiting, tarry stools, and a weak or fast heartbeat.

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