Apr 13, 2006
what are the signs and symtoms of being anemic and what do you do about it?
Response from Dr. Frascino
The common symptoms associated with anemia can include tiredness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, paleness, headache, weakness, exercise intolerance, decreased sex drive, fatigue and inability to concentrate. What to do about it depends on what is causing it. Anemia can be caused by many underlying conditions, including dietary deficiencies (iron, vitamin B12, folate), blood loss, infections, cancer, drug toxicities, etc. Once the underlying cause is identified, specific treatment can be recommended. For instance, if you have iron-deficiency anemia, iron supplementation would be prescribed. If you have anemia of chronic disease or AZT-induced anemia, Procrit, a medication that stimulates the production of additional new red blood cells, could be considered. You can read additional details about anemia and its treatments in the archives of this forum.
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