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 FE)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
75
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (75)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
27
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (27) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (18)
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)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (10) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)

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 FE)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (33 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation black stool 7 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (75)
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 (27) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
itching cold sweat 6 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (18)
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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation cognitive confusion 8 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness disorientation 3 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (10) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel urgency dark colored urine 7 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (11)
  • 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 176
30s 311
40s 490
50s 393
60s 150
70+ 53
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 243
20-29 years 164
30-39 years 150
40-49 years 127
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 14
70+ years 7

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 108
Female 1,491

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,063
Not Diagnosed 34

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