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
74
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (74)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
25
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (25) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
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
15
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ferro-Sequels)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (12) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
13
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (12) fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (6)

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 stool 7 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (74)
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 (25) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
itching allergic reaction 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation cognitive confusion 8 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness disorientation 3 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction tiredness
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ferro-Sequels)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation abdominal bloating 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (12) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (12) fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (6)
  • 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 17
20s 186
30s 313
40s 513
50s 422
60s 166
70+ 62
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 249
20-29 years 166
30-39 years 162
40-49 years 130
50-59 years 50
60-69 years 16
70+ years 8

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 117
Female 1570

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1114
Not Diagnosed 34

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