Iron deficiency anemia

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What is iron deficiency anemia?

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common cause of microcytic anemia (anemia characterized by small red blood cells). It occurs when the dietary intake or absorption of iron is insufficient, and hemoglobin, which contains iron, cannot be formed.

Common symptoms reported by people with iron deficiency 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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with iron deficiency anemia

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

(Slow Release Iron)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
76
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
29
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (29) Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (17) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ferro-Sequels)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (12) Insomnia (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Anxious mood (11) Insomnia (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Anxious mood (10) Pain (1)

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

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

(Slow Release Iron)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Stomach pain 6 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (29) Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Cold sweat Dizziness and feeling faint 7 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Increased appetite 5 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (17) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ferro-Sequels)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal pain 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Cognitive confusion 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Bowel urgency 8 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (12) Insomnia (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Disorientation 3 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Anxious mood (11) Insomnia (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty with orgasm Muscle and joint pain 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (10) Pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 18
20s 162
30s 284
40s 464
50s 316
60s 119
70+ 40
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 242
20-29 years 161
30-39 years 145
40-49 years 118
50-59 years 46
60-69 years 14
70+ years 6

Sex

Distribution of sex

93% Female
7% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 944
Not Diagnosed 33

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