Pernicious anemia

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What is pernicious anemia?

Pernicious anemia is a decrease in red blood cells that occurs when the body cannot properly absorb vitamin B12 from the gastrointestinal tract. It results from the deficiency vitamin B12 and is caused by atrophic gastritis, parietal cell loss, and lack of intrinsic factor.

Common symptoms reported by people with pernicious anemia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with pernicious anemia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Medivitan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pernicious anemia (8) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

Data from patients with pernicious anemia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with pernicious anemia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Medivitan)
Perceived effectiveness
for pernicious anemia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle weakness pain in lower back
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pernicious anemia (8) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
cold sweat dizziness and feeling faint 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
allergic reaction to patch adhesive
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilaudid)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive yawning high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
burning in stomach stomach pain
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
brain fog
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with pernicious anemia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has pernicious anemia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 21
30s 34
40s 85
50s 94
60s 48
70+ 13
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 28
20-29 years 34
30-39 years 62
40-49 years 35
50-59 years 26
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 230
Not Diagnosed 4

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