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A 26-year-old female asked:

Rbc 4.7, mcv 80,hct 37.6,mch 26.6,mchc 33.2,hgb 12.5, wbc 7.7,rdw 15.2, mch and mchc & rdw improved after a weeks iron supplement, should i continue?

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Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Depends.: There is no right and wrong anwers, Clinical practice varies by physician. Duration of iron therapy depends on your goal of therapy. If you just want to normalize your Hb, you can stop iron pills when your Hb becomes normal. If you want also to restore your iron store, you probably should stay on iron pills for additional 3-6 months. I prefer restoring both Hb and iron store.

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