The treatment of Anemia can involve medication and surgical procedure. Here we are going to discuss the medication in Anemia. First and foremost, the medication to treat anemia will primarily depend on the type of anemia, its severity and what the doctor considers is the best course of treatment for the patient.
Though there are many variations of treatment to choose from but mostly doctors start with a very basic treatment, unless the circumstances are extreme and there is a reason to believe that life of the patient is in danger. In such a case, the doctor may opt for a special treatment.
Mild anemia can be well treated by simple medications like vitamin supplements, iron supplements, antibiotics and platelet replacement under doctor’s guidance. To treat severe cases, there are intensive treatments like IV fluids and blood transfusions. While mostly doctors do not prefer this treatment but severe anemia (especially if caused by loss of blood) may require this type of aggressive treatment. Those patients who are hospitalized due to severe anemia symptoms are likely to need one (or all) of these treatments.
Also there are a couple of drugs that are useful and effective in fighting anemia. Some of the most common are as follows:
- Erythropoietin: a hormone produced by the kidneys
- Vasopressors: a drug to reduce blood pressure
However, these drugs should not be taken without doctor’s prescription as they can prove to be hazardous to health. When one is taking medication for anemia they have to be careful, as there are certain medications that can suppress the immune system that can eventually expose the person to other diseases and problems. Also in some cases the doctor may ask a patient to give up certain medications that they are taking at that time. It is done because some drugs interfere with red cell production and can cause anemia if taken for a long period of time.