FERRIMED® - What is iron deficiency?


IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA

Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide.1 Iron is essential for the production of healthy red blood cells and the resulting healthy haemoglobin* levels. In essence, a sufficient amount of haemoglobin is a vital part in the body's ability to transport oxygen through the body.2 Therefore, an iron deficiency anaemia will negatively impact your body's ability to transport enough oxygen.

*Haemoglobin – a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen.

CAUSES OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA. 3

  • Blood loss
  • o Bleeding from gastrointestinal tract (e.g. bleeding stomach ulcer)
  • o Injuries
  • o Childbirth
  • o Surgery
  • o Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • o Bleeding from tumours (e.g. kidney, colon)
  • Deficient red blood cell production
  • o Nutritional deficiencies e.g. iron, Vitamin C
  • Excessive red blood cells destruction
  • o Enlarged spleen
  • o Mechanical injury to red blood cells due to infection and trauma
  • o Inherited conditions

SYMPTOMS OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA. 4,5,6

  • Blue colour to whites of the eyes
  • Brittle nails
  • Decreased appetite (especially in children)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability
  • Pale skin colour
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore tongue
  • Unusual food cravings (pica)
  • Weakness

There may be no symptoms if the anaemia is mild. 4

Click here to find out more about prevention and treatment of iron deficiency anaemia

Anaemia is not a diagnosis; it is a symptom of an underlying disorder. Thus, even mild anaemia with no apparent symptoms should be investigated by a doctor. 3

For more information, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For full prescribing information refer to: Ferrimed® Package Insert

References:
  1. Killip S, Bennet JM, Chambers MD. Iron Deficiency Anemia. Am Fam Physician 2007;75:671-678.
  2. Iron Deficiency Anemia and Low Hemoglobin. About Blood Disorders.com [online] [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:
    http://www.tree.com/health/iron-disorder-anemia-iron-deficiency.aspx
  3. Etiology of Anemia: Approach to the Patient with Anemia. Merck Manual Professional [online] Jun 2008 [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/print/hematology_and_oncology /approach_to_the_patient_with_anemia/evaluation_of_anemia.html
  4. Iron deficiency anemia. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.com [online] May 2009 [cited 2012 feb 1] Available from: URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000584.htm
  5. Suite101. How to prevent Iron Deficiency Naturally. Iron absorbtion through eating healthy foods and vitamins. [online] 7 Oct 2009 [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:http://nutrition.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_prevent_iron_deficiency_naturally
  6. Iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms. MayoClinic.com [online] [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/iron-deficiency-anemia/DS00323/DSECTION=symptoms
  7. Evaluation of Anemia: Approach to the Patient with Anemia. Merck Manual Professional [online] Jun 2008 [cited 2012 Feb 1] Available from: URL:http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology_and_oncology/approach_to_the_patient_with_anemia/evaluation_of_anemia.html

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S0 Ferrimed® Capsules / H840 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each capsule contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex and 150 µg folic acid. S0 Ferrimed® D.S. Chewable Tablets / L/8.3/201 / Each tablet contains 100 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex. S0 Ferrimed® Syrup / H842 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each 5 ml contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex.


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