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Iron Deficiency (Anemia)

What is Iron Deficiency Anemia?

Due to low iron your body fails to produce enough hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen. This could happen due to blood loss, low iron intake through your diet, inability to absorb iron or pregnancy.

What is Iron Deficiency Anemia?

  • A lack of iron in diet ‐ very common cause
  • Inability to absorb iron ( celiac disease, removal part of stomach)
  • Pregnancy
  • Blood Loss (Internal bleeding, cancer, ulcers and hemorrhoids)

What are the symptoms?

  • Weakness and tiredness, Dizziness, Headaches
  • Soreness of tongue, Brittle nails and Fast heartbeat
  • Paleness, Shortness of Breath
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Cold hands and feet, Irritability

How is it diagnosed?

  • Complete blood count
  • Iron levels

How is Iron Deficiency Anemia treated?

  • Taking Iron tablets, syrup or drops
  • Vitamin C to improve absorption of Iron
  • In children, due to the availability of various dosage forms, it is advisable to come in with an appointment to the office to discuss the treatment

Fer In Sol Drops ­ For Infants Ferrous Sulfate 75 mg per 1 ml (15 mg elemental Iron per 1 ml) Dosage: 1 ml daily for two months.

Fer­In­Sol Syrup­ For Children Ferrous Sulfate 220 mg per teaspoon (44 mg elemental Iron per 1 tsp.) Dosage: Depends on the weight, age and the severity of the Anemia

Iron Tablets (Available Over the counter): 100 Lb or more and adults need to take 1 tablet once daily for 2­3 months Dosage Forms: Ferrous Sulfate 160 mg ER Tablets (Slow release), Ferrous Sulfate 325 mg Tablets Brand Name: Feosol(capsule,tablet ), Fero­Gradumet (525 mg.), Mol­iron(195 mg) & Slow Fe(160 mg.)

*This information is intended for use by my patients as part of my lab test information and patient communication program. For other readers of this article, I inform that this information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. I hereby disclaim any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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