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Methadone Cause Anemia
Methadone is a very strong opioid medication, with a long list of serious side effects. But pernicious anemia is NOT one of them.
Contact your doctor for specific information about your case, re your anemia and specific doses of methadone you are taking. Anemia may be related to other meds you are taking, or an underlying illness. Check with your MD. ...Read more
No: Unaware of any association. True pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease, caused by antibodies to the cells in our stomachs that produce intrinsic factor, which is needed to absorb vitamin B12 from our intestines. It may be hereditary or acquired. There are other causes of B12 deficiency, including stomach and intestinal diseases/surgery, and lack of B12 in diet. A hematologist can help. ...Read more
Variable half life: methadone has a variable half life from person to person and in and individual. A patient may ave different metabolic rates from time to time due to other medications or a nebulous metabolic change. This can make methadone dangerous as the level may increase with out increasing the dose and possibly be high enough to cause an overdose. ...Read more
Many causes: Anemia is low blood count and may be mild or serious. Either you body does not produce enough red cells (blood cell cancer, uremia, chemotherapy, low iron, malnutrition) or you are actively bleeding (ulcers, trauma, GI malignancy, gu malignancy) or you are destroying your cells (inherited, splenic overactivity). Your hematologist needs to sort this out. If the cause is gone, you can do well. ...Read more
Low Blood Count:
This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously.
First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections?
Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract.
Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated. ...Read more
Possible: Many people get aches and cramps in their legs when they are anemic and can be an early sign. If there are other pathologies, such as peripheral vascular disease, then it can cause an increase in pain as well. There is also weak evidence in the literature suggesting anemia can make fibromyalgia pain worse. I hope that helps! ...Read more
Multiple: Iron deficiency (microcytic hypochromic) is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency (macrocytic), chronic disease like infection or cancer (normocytic normochromic), genetic conditions (thalassemia), certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more
Anemia: Anemia is a condition when hemoglobin level is below the normal range. It can be caused by many things- i.e. Bleeding, iron, vit B12 deficiency, red blood cell destruction, , bone marrow failure etc. It can be so severe- such as in massive bleeding- and people do die from massive bleeding if bleeding can't be controlled. In chronic case- heart failure, other organ dysfunction/failure can happen. ...Read more
Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by the body losing blood (heavy periods, blood in stool, red blood cell instability [hemoglobinopathies] or destruction [hemolysis]), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency), or a combination of these. Many causes of anemia are treatable, and some are inherited (sickle cell). Can need hospitalization depending on cause. ...Read more
Fifth's disease: Fifth disease, also known as erythema infectiosum, is a viral illness caused by human parvovirus B19. Parvovirus B19 commonly causes a “slapped-cheek” rash on the face and, less commonly, fever, headaches, sore throat and joint pain. In some cases fifth disease can cause anemia. In healthy individuals, this anemia is mild and only lasts a short period of time. ...Read more
Hemolytic anemia: Anemia can be due to many factors and to even begin to know, clues are found on the size (normo, macro, micro) and coloration (hypo (pale color), normochromic (normal red color). When red cells lack a normal center, as in spherical forms, " hyperchromic" is used loosely, though the correct term may be spherocytes. Hemolytic anemia, with many causes, lead to normochromic "hyperchromic"anemia. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: There are many causes of anemia, and each will cause a different degree of anemia and will be different in how quickly they drop a person's red blood cell count. In an extreme case, say severe autoimmune mediated hemolytic anemia, the person could die with a couple of days. On the other side, many causes of anemia result in stable disease (does not progressively get worse). ...Read more