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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
77
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (77)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
26
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (26) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Ferro-Sequels)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (15) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
depressed mood (10) pain (2)

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 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation black stools 6 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (77)
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 (26) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
cold sweat dizziness and feeling faint 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Ferro-Sequels)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation abdominal pain 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (15) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation cognitive confusion 4 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel urgency dark urine 7 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness disorientation 3 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty with orgasm 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (10) pain (2)
  • 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 170
30s 314
40s 495
50s 366
60s 140
70+ 47
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 243
20-29 years 163
30-39 years 150
40-49 years 124
50-59 years 49
60-69 years 13
70+ years 6

Sex

Distribution of sex

93% Female
7% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 968
Not Diagnosed 34

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