Blood disorders

Anemia

About Anemia

If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body. The most common cause of anemia is not having enough iron. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that gives the red color to blood. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Anemia has three main causes: blood loss, lack of red blood cell production, and high rates of red blood cell destruction.

Conditions that may lead to anemia include

  • Heavy periods
  • Pregnancy
  • Ulcers
  • Colon polyps or colon cancer
  • Inherited disorders
  • A diet that does not have enough iron, folic acid or vitamin B12
  • Blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, or cancer
  • Aplastic anemia, a condition that can be inherited or acquired
  • G6PD deficiency, a metabolic disorder

Anemia can make you feel tired, cold, dizzy, and irritable. You may be short of breath or have a headache.

Your doctor will diagnose anemia with a physical exam and blood tests. Treatment depends on the kind of anemia you have.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Symptoms of Anemia
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling cold
  • Feeling irritable
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache

Top Medications for Anemia according to our users

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  • All men

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • folic Acid
    42%
  • All women

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • folic Acid
    62%

All Medications for Anemia

Folic acid

  • Folic Acid
    Prescription or OTC

    Fa-8 (Folic Acid) is a good supplement to treat dietary or medication-induced folic acid deficiency. It's also proven to prevent major birth defects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

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