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Hi! I am 20 years old and just returned from Nicaragua today. A few weeks prior to my trip I had my iron checked and it was exteremely low. I began taking iron supplements. Prior to my trip I began taking Doxycycline to prevent malaria. On the 6th day of the Doxycycline I took it without water because I didn't have any. Also I took my iron supplement at the same time. After that evening I have had stomach pain/pressure high in my abdomen. It feels like heartburn. I took both medicines for 2 more days but since my stomach has been hurting so much i haven't been able to eat well. I took the doxycycline 2 more days then stopped it. I continued to take the iron. Now at home I googled and realized I shouldn't have been taking those medicines together. Should I follow up with a Dr. here or will the stomach problems cease? Is there something I can do to relieve the symptoms?

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

Typically I don't take any. The only ones I have been taking recently are the iron supplements and doxycycline.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No. I am a vegetarian and a 2nd year college student. Didn't eat too well during finals which I suspect dropped my iron.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago

You may consider taking;

1) Mylanta / Tums.

2) Prilosec.

Take iron tablets with full meals.

Avoid spices for a while.

These should be able to resolve your symptoms.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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