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What is the treatment for iron deficiency anemia?

What is the treatment for iron deficiency anemia?

To know why?: The treatment for iron deficiency is iron replacement- that can be in oral form or intravenous form if one can't tolerate iron tablet or does not respond to oral iron. Most importantly, is actually to know why you have iron deficiency anemia ( GI bleeding? Heavy menses? Malabsorprtion etc) and to address the main problem. See your md and have further eval to find the cause of your iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Iron Deficiency Anemia (Definition)

It refers to a low number of red cells in the circulation resulting from a decrease in production in the bone marrow as a result of low amounts of iron available for this purpose. It is the most common type of anemia in the world, commonly due to dietary deficiency, multiple pregnancies, menstrual periods, chronic parasitic infestations, or other causes of chronic bleeding ...Read more


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Could hematocrit or RBC count, have an impact on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia?

Could hematocrit or RBC count, have an impact on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anemia?

Yes: Hematocrit is the amount of redcells present in a sample of whole blood. Rbc count is the number of red cells in a specific volume of whole blood. In both cases we would expect these numbers to be low if a patient is anemic. The MCV is usually low in iron deficiency as well. Iron studies and ferritin are necessary to confirm the diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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Iron deficiency anemia, I have severe anxiety, brain fog and depression. What is the best treatment for this?

Iron deficiency anemia, I have severe anxiety, brain fog and depression. What is the best treatment for this?

Treatment needs to : Be individualized. Recommend a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation for accurate assessment. The treatment plan will be based on this. ...Read more

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What is microcytic anemia and how is it caused?

Several causes: Microcytic anemia means that the red blood cell count is low, and that the red blood cells are small. This is most common in iron deficiency anemia and in thalassemia (a hereditary form of anemia). It may also be seen in less common forms of anemia. ...Read more

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What is hypochromic microcytic anemia?

What is hypochromic microcytic anemia?

Smaller & paller RBC: Anemia where the RBC look smaller in size and paller- due to decrease hemoglobin content in the rbc. Can be found in iron deficiency anemia, also in Alpha or beta thalassemia minor for instance. ...Read more

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I have hypochromic and microcytic anemia?

Iron: Most common cause of hypochromic microcytic anemia is iron deficiency in the us. This is particularly true in females. Please discuss with your doctor about getting iron studies and possibly treatment if necessary. There are hemoglobinopathies which can also cause this, but less commonly. ...Read more

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Is mild microcytic anemia can cause shortness of breathe ?!

Probably not: While severe anemia causes sob, i cannot imagine a mild case causing such issues in an otherwise healthy 22 yo. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between microcytic anemia and beta-thalassemia?

Is there a difference between microcytic anemia and beta-thalassemia?

Yes: Microcytic anemia means a person is anemic, and part of the reason is that his red blood cells are quite small. Beta thalassemia is just one of the causes of microcytic anemia. Microcytic anemia can also be caused by iron deficiency, Alpha thalassemia, etc... ...Read more

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Do doctors know of meds can I take for pernicious and microcytic anemia?

Sounds: Complicated. Pernicious anemia is macrocytic, so more than one problem here. Talk with your personal physician for specific guidance. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more