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

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Treatments taken by people for iron deficiency anemia

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

(NatureMade Iron)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
469
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
303
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Fergon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ferro-Sequels)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
129
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (3)

Data from patients with iron deficiency anemia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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)

(NatureMade Iron)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
black stool bowel problems 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Vitamin C with Rose Hips)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Fergon)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy rash
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ferro-Sequels)
Perceived effectiveness
for iron deficiency anemia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
iron deficiency anemia (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 9 new patients joined this month
  • 352 say iron deficiency anemia is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 165
30s 345
40s 517
50s 651
60s 299
70+ 133
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 262
20-29 years 178
30-39 years 171
40-49 years 133
50-59 years 59
60-69 years 20
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 179
Female 1961

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1200
Not Diagnosed 37

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