Folate deficiency anemia

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What is folate deficiency anemia?

Folate, a 1-carbon transporter, is present in natural foods such as green vegetables, legumes, and some fruits. Deficiency arises due to dietary insufficiency, malabsorption, drugs and toxins, or increased resulting in megaloblastic anemia.

Common symptoms reported by people with folate 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 folate deficiency anemia

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

(Folic Acid Prescription)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
7
Tried for
folate deficiency anemia (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Burgen Gluten Free Bread)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tenex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)

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

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

(Folic Acid Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for folate deficiency anemia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
folate deficiency anemia (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
bitter taste constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Burgen Gluten Free Bread)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tenex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 1
30s 6
40s 11
50s 9
60s 4
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 3
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

94% Female
6% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 21
Not Diagnosed 0

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