Pica

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What is Pica?

Pica is a rare of behavior characterized by eating non-food materials. Pica may be associated with behavioral and developmental disorders. Some research suggests that the disorder is a specific craving caused by a mineral deficiency, such as iron deficiency.

What is it like to have Pica?


Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Pica and its symptoms?

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
How many evaluations
Treatment name(s)

(Antenex, Atenex, Diastat) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
How many evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yelate) 1 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
How many evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1
How many evaluations
0

Data from patients with Pica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

Compare treatments for Pica

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
How many have tried
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Treatment name(s)

(Antenex, Atenex, Diastat) 6 more
How many have tried
1
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yelate) 1 more
How many have tried
1
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive yawning 3 more
How many evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)
How many have tried
1
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
0

Data from patients with Pica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Pica on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 5
30s 3
40s 0
50s 0
60s 0
70+ 0

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

78% Females
22% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from Pica patients who have completed their condition history
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