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Ways To Treat Anemia

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AIDS InfoNet


... What Is Fatigue? Is Fatigue Important? How Do I Know if I Have Fatigue? What Causes Fatigue, and How Is It Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Fatigue? Fatigue is tiredness that does not go away when you rest. It can be physical or psychological. With physical fatigue , your muscles cannot do things as easily as they used to. You
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anemia, red blood is low

Hi Doctor,Can you please tell me at what point is it neccessary for a blood trasfusion? And how come procrit doesn't help some people? I am on peginterferon and Ribavan and taking 6o,000 procrit. My red count is 7.6 and my baseline is 14. Years...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Blood transfusions are indicated for significant symptomatic anemia. The hemoglobin level that would trigger a transfusion varies considerably form case to case. It involves many variables, including Read more »

Anemia Development In Aids

Doctor Bob, I have been desperately searching for HIV caused anemia. Many sites refer to it but none of them provide the exact information I'm looking for. So now i come to you. Here is my question: Does HIV infection cause anemia directly...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...mentioned anemia as a side effect of medications; consequently, I'm assuming you are well aware of the fact that drugs used to treat HIV or its complications can have side effects that can lead to anemia. The biggest offender is AZT (Retrovir,... Read more »

Anemia that does not resolve associated with shorter survival

I recently read in a report (in IAPAC) that "Anemia, particularly anemia that does not resolve, is associated withshorter survival of HIV-infected patients." What, in your experience, is the best way to resolve anemia. Thanks for your help.
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
...(CDC), Division of AIDS Prevention was published in the journal, BLOOD. Indeed, one of the conclusions of the study was that anemia is a frequent complication of HIV infection that is associated with an increased risk of death and that recovery... Read more »

At what point should mild anemia be treated

I know you have answered a lot of questions about mild anemia, but I am still having a little difficulty with 1. my doctors even discussing anemia, and 2. consistency in advise from various sources (NIH, NHHS, AMA, and Johns Hopkins as well as other...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...dramatically influences quality of life, particularly because of its contribution to fatigue. Regarding when and in whom to initiate treatment for anemia, in my opinion, the threshold for treatments depends on the purpose of therapy. By that I... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Filgrastim (Neupogen)

...chills trouble breathing drowsiness loss of appetite In rare cases, filgrastim can cause an allergic reaction. Sickle cell anemia may get worse in people taking filgrastim. Be sure your health care provider knows if you have sickle cell... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...called neutropenia. Advanced HIV disease can cause neutropenia. So can some medications including ganciclovir, a drug used to treat cytomegalovirus (see Fact Sheet 504 ) and the anti-HIV drug AZT . There are two main types of lymphocytes... Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...medical attention to determine the cause. It is important to check into all possible causes of amenorrhea. These may include anemia, pregnancy, ovarian cysts, opportunistic infections, menopause or other GYN conditions. Other factors may... Read more »
The Well Project

Side Effects of HIV Drugs

...Side Effects Taking Care of Yourself Side Effects and HIV Drugs Over the years, drugs have been developed that can treat a wide range of medical problems, including HIV, and help people live longer and healthier lives. All drugs are... Read more »
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you'll NEVER look at a banana the same way

Posted by ItsFaith, 6 Replies
... Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia. ... Read more »

Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options?

Posted by hblue23, 4 Replies
Hi. Please excuse the long drawn out story, but I need help and I am scared. I just had a baby, she's 5 months old now. I was on the HIV meds for the pregnancy because it was necessary to protect her and it is known that your immune system is... Read more »

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about to start treatment

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...hi. kinda scared.. about to start treatment. My dr wants to use an induction/maintenance strategy starting with an intense four-drug Kaletra (LPV/r, lopinavir/ritonavir)-based Read more »