Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Low Red Blood Cell Count Treatment

The treatment for anemia is directed at the underlying cause of the anemia. Treatment for mild anemia may involve iron supplements, vitamin supplements, or additional medications to treat the underlying cause or stimulate the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. Depending on the type of anemia, treatment for severe anemia may also require a blood transfusion. Severe symptoms of anemia usually improve rapidly after a blood transfusion. However, ongoing treatment with medications may take weeks to months.

Treatment for anemia may include:


Treatment for iron deficient anemia may include:

The treatment options for megaloblastic anemia include:

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Low Red Blood Cell Count Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of 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:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for anemia?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Low Red Blood Cell Count Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat anemia:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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