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do a lot of people get anemia?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: Anemia is low blood count. The most common form is due to low iron ingestion but other forms include blood loss, inherited changes in blood cells (like sickle cell, thalessemia, etc.) and bone marrow failure(aplastic anemia). Anemia also is found in patients on dialysis and on chemotherapy. Your doctor can help you with this if you suspect your are anemic.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is anemia?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Low blood count: Anemia is a low red blood cell count, it can caused by low iron levels or from loss of blood. Red blood cells carry oxygen through the body. If you are anemic you have less of this oxygen-carrying capability and symptoms include fatigue, racing heart and dizziness. It is usually treated with iron supplements.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Why does anemia cause fatigue?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Lower blood Oxygen: Anemia means that your red blood cells are lower than normal. This means there are less blood cells to carry oxygen to your muscles and tissue which can lead to fatigue. It is a very common condition in pregnancy and in women with heavy blood loss from the menstrual cycle. Usually anemia is treated with an iron supplement. There are other causes though so it should be evaluated by your doctor.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Whats the situation with the anemia drugs?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Procrit (epoetin alfa)?: Please elaborate your question. If you talk about Procrit (epoetin alfa) and the like... in the US, primary care physicians have some restrictions to prescribe it. You have to make sure Pt iron storage is good (ferritin >100).
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can certain medications cause a person to become anemic

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: The mechanisms and known culprits are too numerous to list here. Methyldopa famously produced autoimmune destruction of red cells ("coomb's positive anemia", only the best known of several drugs); Chloramphenicol predictably lowered the red count, sometimes permanently and fatally, and very high doses of penicillin will destroy red cells. Physicians are alert to this. Good luck.
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Do lots of people get anemia, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Not uncommon: There are many causes for anemia--blood loss, iron or vitamin deficiencies, chronic diseases and cancers so it is not an uncommon problem. It is important to find out what is causing the anemia so that it can be corrected.

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