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.

How do members experience iron deficiency anemia?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with iron deficiency anemia*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for iron deficiency anemia*

*Data from patients with iron deficiency anemia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Compare treatments taken by people with iron deficiency anemia*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(NatureMade Iron)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (11 evaluations)
Side effects
digestive problems nausea
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (8)
Treatment

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (4)
Treatment

(Fergon)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy rash
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (3)
Treatment

(Ferro-Sequels)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (2)

*Data from patients with iron deficiency anemia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Who has iron deficiency anemia on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 19
20s 157
30s 370
40s 565
50s 695
60s 360
70+ 182

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 203
Female 2,135