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Can certain medications cause a person to become anemic
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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Certainly
Many chemotherapy and related drugs have always been associated with anemia.
Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal agents can lead to anemia by causing bleeding in the stomach. Certain antibiotics (penicillin, bactrim) can damage red blood cells causing hemolytic anemia in predisposed individuals. Some drugs indirectly cause anemia by via kidney or liver failure as an untoward side effect.

In brief: Certainly
Many chemotherapy and related drugs have always been associated with anemia.
Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal agents can lead to anemia by causing bleeding in the stomach. Certain antibiotics (penicillin, bactrim) can damage red blood cells causing hemolytic anemia in predisposed individuals. Some drugs indirectly cause anemia by via kidney or liver failure as an untoward side effect.
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The mechanisms and known culprits are too numerous to list here.
Methyldopa famously produced autoimmune destruction of red cells ("coomb's positive anemia", only the best known of several drugs); Chloramphenicol predictably lowered the red count, sometimes permanently and fatally, and very high doses of penicillin will destroy red cells. Physicians are alert to this. Good luck.

In brief: Yes
The mechanisms and known culprits are too numerous to list here.
Methyldopa famously produced autoimmune destruction of red cells ("coomb's positive anemia", only the best known of several drugs); Chloramphenicol predictably lowered the red count, sometimes permanently and fatally, and very high doses of penicillin will destroy red cells. Physicians are alert to this. Good luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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