Menopausal Women


IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN

Iron deficiency anaemia is less common in postmenopausal women. When iron
deficiency anaemia does occur, it should be considered potentially serious, as it
could indicate gastro-intestinal blood loss or poor absorption of nutrients - both of
which are considered to be serious. 1

CAUSES OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN: 2

  • Gastro-intestinal (GI) blood loss from:
  • o Certain types of cancer (oesophagus, stomach, colon)
  • o Long-term use of aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
  • o Peptic ulcer disease (an erosion in the lining of the stomach or the first part of the
    small intestines)
  • o Ulcers
  • Poor absorption of iron in the diet, due to:
  •  o Celiac disease (a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and
    prevents it from absorbing nutrients that are important for staying healthy)
  • o Crohn’s disease (a form of inflammatory bowel disease)
  • o Gastric bypass surgery
  • o Taking antacids

SYMPTOMS OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN: 3

  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Difficulty in breathing on slight exertion
  • Dry throat and mouth
  • Sores at the corners of the mouth
  • Fainting
  • In extreme cases, achy legs,
    angina and headache

OTHER SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE: 1,2

  • Giddiness and excessive tiredness
  • Pale appearance
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Brittle hair and brittle nails
  • Sore tongue

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

References:
  1. Iron-deficiency anemia in women. Encognitive.com [online] [cited 2012 Feb 2] Available from: URL: http://encognitive.com/node/4810
  2. Iron deficiency anemia. Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia.com [online] [cited 2012 Feb 2] Available from: URL:
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000584.htm
  3. Symptoms of Iron Deficiency in Women. Symptoms of Iron Deficiency. [online] [cited 21 May 2012]. Available from: URL: http://symptomsofirondeficiency.net/symptoms-of-iron-deficiency-in-women
  4. Iron Deficiency Symptoms in Women. DrGranny.com. [online] [cited 21 May 2012]. Available from: URL: http://www.drgranny.com/2011/03/26/iron-deficiency-symptoms-in-women/

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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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