Pernicious anemia

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What is pernicious anemia?

Pernicious anemia is a decrease in red blood cells that occurs when the body cannot properly absorb vitamin B12 from the gastrointestinal tract. It results from the deficiency vitamin B12 and is caused by atrophic gastritis, parietal cell loss, and lack of intrinsic factor.

Common symptoms reported by people with pernicious 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 pernicious anemia

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

(Medivitan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pernicious anemia (6) fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol PM)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

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

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

(Medivitan)
Perceived effectiveness
for pernicious anemia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
pain in lower back
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pernicious anemia (6) fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol PM)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
social withdrawal
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 15
30s 41
40s 89
50s 113
60s 75
70+ 26
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 30
20-29 years 38
30-39 years 63
40-49 years 34
50-59 years 28
60-69 years 4
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 35
Female 334

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 262
Not Diagnosed 5

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