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anyone know what is a simple definition of anemia?

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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Anemia is .....: An hematocrit outside the normative values for age and sex. Its presence can be detected by a complete blood count (cbc). The hematocrit is the volumetric percentage of our peripheral blood occupied by red blood cells. Typically, hematocrit (hct) for a woman is lower than for a man of the same age.

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What is anemia?

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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.
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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.
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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).
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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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I started treatment for anemia after I went to the doctor. How long will it take for my symptoms to improve?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Weeks: If your anemia was due to an iron deficiency, it will typically take 2-3 weeks for your bone marrow to start producing more red blood cells.

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