Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Iron Poor Blood Treatment

The treatment for iron deficient anemia depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for iron deficient anemia usually includes iron supplements, vitamin supplements, erythropoietin, and blood transfusions.

Treatment options for iron deficient anemia include:

Iron Poor Blood Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for iron deficient anemia.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Iron Poor Blood Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat iron deficient anemia:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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