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What can I by over-the-counter for anemia?

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 more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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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?

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

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Iron saturation= 10.5%. No anemia. Dr. told me to take over counter iron supplements, freq. unspecified. Is 1 a wk good to not get overload ? Thanks

No: If you are having periods, you are losing iron each month and iron deficiency is not uncommon in women during their reproductive years. You should follow your doctor's prescription and take at least 120 mg of iron per day. Take the pill with meals and if constipation is an issue, take a fiber laxative. You may consult this site for info: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/oral-iron-supplementation ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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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 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

Call your doctor: It is hard to evaluate the cause and how serious a bad headache is for you, but since most 23 year olds have never had a blood transfusion, your past medical history is complicated enough that serious things could be going on. Call your doctor's office today (they should gave an on-call doctor to answer questions on the weekend). ...Read more

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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)

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)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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What can cause anemia?

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

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What does anemia mean?

What does anemia mean?

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

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How can I develop anemia?

How can I develop anemia?

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 more

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How to help my son anemia?

Can you be more...: Specific? We'd like to be helpful to you but need more information about your son's specific situation to give you pertinent facts and advice on next steps. ...Read more

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What can I take for anemia?

Treat the Cause: Go see a doctor who can figure out why you have anemia. Then there may be a way to fix the cause and the anemia can be controlled or even eliminated but it all depends on what is the cause of your Anemia??? ...Read more

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Causes of low anemia in men?

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

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Anemia; is ethnicity a factor?

Sometimes: Anemia is sometimes much more likely is certain ethnicities. These anemias include sickle cell and thalassemia minor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have anemia?

Symptoms: You might have anemia if you are pale, very tired all the time, on chemotherapy, on dialysis or have obvious external bleeding including black tarry stools. For any of these see your family doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What could I do to help anemia?

What could I do to help anemia?

Low red blood cells: In order to make a treatment plan you need to know the cause of the anemia. ...Read more

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Can anemia cause pain to occur?

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

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What are some symptoms of anemia?

Dizziness, fatigue: People with symptoms may or may not have symptoms. The most common symptoms are fatigue and dizziness. If the anemia is long term and slowly progressing you may not have symptoms. If you suspect that you may have anemia see your doctor so that he or she can decide if testing is needed. ...Read more

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How to tell if my son has anemia?

Simple blood test: Anemia, or the relative lack of enough blood to meet the standard expected for age and gender, is easily determined by blood test. Significant anemia can show up as pallor, lack of energy, fatigue & lack of interest. Simple signs consistent with normal levels include high energy level, glowing pink in the fleshy inside of the lower eye lids, pink to red lines in the palmer creases when folded back. ...Read more