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What Can I By Over The Counter For Anemia
Depends on cause: Lots of causes for anemia; not all are nutritional. Deficiencies: folic acid-fruits, vegs, fortified flour b12- animal products (incl eggs), fortified vegan. Some people can't absorb dietary B12 well iron- animal and non animal sources. Common anemia-blood loss: menstrual, gi, urologic: poor absorption: celiac sprue chronic disease: above items not deficient "anemia": thalessemia: not realy anem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i purchase a hemaocrit test kit over-the-counter in order to check my hemoglobin level. I have anemia taking iron and wan to check if it's workin?
Maybe: There are simple screening liquids that blood centers use to screen for eligibility for donation. If your crit is high enough then the drop of blood sinks. Don't know if you can get a hold of that liquid. ...Read more
Can i crush up an iron pill and put it on my skin to see if i'd be allergic to it? I have to take OTC slow fe from cvs for anemia & i'm scared of a bad reaction.
Very unlikely: Iron is naturally found in your body in the red blood cells, so almost no one is allergic to iron. When you get a bruise, the yellowish color that appears after a few days is iron from the broken down red cells. Iron can be irritating to the stomach. It should be taken with food. People can be allergic to the dye or preservatives in the iron pill, but this is rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a major headache. Otc pills don't help get rid of the pain. What do I do? I had a blood transfusion 5 days ago because of anemia. There is a constant dull pain but every now and then there is a sharp pain.That stops me dead in my track
I : I can't imagine the transfusion you had 5 days ago can be causing your headache now, but i'd be more concerned about why you needed the transfusion in the first place, and see if that is somehow related to your headache. Also, at the risk of sounding stupid, if you're a coffee drinker and missed your morning dose, caffeine withdrawal headaches are the worst! feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low red blood cells: Anemia refers to having inadequate number of red blood cells (RBCs). One could be anemic for several reasons: 1) iron deficiency 2) genetic disorders involving hemoglobins (sickle cell disease, thalassemia), 3) blood loss or destruction of RBCs (hemolysis) 4) dysfunction of bone marrow (e.g. aplastic anemia). If you are anemic, it is important to find out what is causing it. ...Read more
Red blood cells: Anemia happens when you do not have enough red blood cells and hemoglobin. It may be a production problem in the bone marrow or you may have chronic blood loss. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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