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Iron Poor Blood Medication
Iron deficiency anem: Anemia makes you tired and pale. Some get lightheaded, or have chest pain or shortness of breath. Iron deficiency can cause "pica" (craving something above and beyond needing it for food). The most common symptom is munching ice. Other people crave starch, chalk, dirt, or other unusual substances. It's important that iron-deficient people see an md so dangerous things like GI cancer are ruled out. ...Read more
I am busy with my large family and don't have time for taking a child to doctors for something like iron poor blood. Who do we see for one-stop treatment?
If I'm anemic can I still donate blood if I don't take iron pills and if I'm on kidney medication?
No: Only in a special situation where a anemic person's blood is urgently needed would anyone want to take an anemic person's blood donation... because it would make the donor even more anemic. Perhaps if an anemic person was the only matching donor remaining in town, and a tranfusion was emergently needed... but that situation should not happen anywhere in modern America. ...Read more
any suggestions about medication except iron and blood tablets for a menorraghia sufferer to help with extreme fatigue before & during menses?
Im female, 21 years, 72 kg.I took medication for infection and after finishing my white blood cells were again high (18000).Now im takeing iron and b9?
If there is a drug I can take for iron overload, wouldn't it be better to use that, instead of giving blood all of the time?
No: I am answering n0, because I do not know of a medcation that would remedy this problem without the necessity of withdrawing blood to keep the level of iron within an acceptable range. I am sure that consulting your hematologist would give you a better explanation than the one I have given you. Perhaps one of the colleagues on this site could help you more, good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Iron overload: Genetic hemochromatosis causes excess absorption of iron which builds up in internal organs like the heart, liver, and pancreas causing organ dysfunction and failure. A similar thing can happen when patients get a lot of blood transfusions (because there is iron inside the red blood cells). High iron levels can also be seen with alcohol abuse and hepatitis. Please get checked out to see what's up. ...Read more
Improve diet, re-try: It is not uncommon for some females to be borderline anemic and/or low iron, depending on menstrual issues and diet choices. If you increase your dark, leafy greens and protein intake for a couple of weeks, you will likely be both a little healthier and able to donate. We need your donation for patients! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do you ask?: Serum iron can reflect simply having taken a multivitamin with iron a few hours before the blood was drawn, or being seriously sick with hemochromatosis, or a problem with the specimen being handled roughly and iron getting out of the red cells, or a few other things. "Treat the person, not the numbers" is my saying as a lab specialist. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None to many: This is usually diagnosed as hemachromatosis. It is a genetic disorder. If high enough and long enough, it can affect ones joints (pain), glandular organs, (decreased libido and diabetes), the heart (abnormal rhythms) and many other organs and symptoms. One may become "bronze colored", develop low thyroid levels and develop liver disease. It is treatable if caught early and treated aggressivel. ...Read more
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