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1. Can anaemia be cured permanently?
Yes, anaemia can be treated and cured. However, aplastic anaemia which occurs due to bone marrow problem can be fatal if left untreated. Treatment includes corticosteroids, iron supplements, splenectomy, vitamin supplements, etc.
2. What medications are prescribed to treat anaemia?
The cause of anaemia is loss of blood or iron deficiency; treatment includes multivitamin supplements, minerals, antidotes, iron supplements, e.g., ferrous fumarate, new advances like recombinant human erythropoietin, androgens (danazol), corticosteroids, miscellaneous antineoplastics, immunosuppressants (azathioprine, cyclophosphamide), antimetabolites and neutraceuticals.
3. How long does it take to treat iron deficiency anaemia?
One must keep taking iron supplements for several months to build up their iron reserves to bring back the iron level to normal and prevent reoccurrence of anaemia. Still, one to three weeks on regular oral iron supplements begins increasing the red blood cells and can treat iron deficiency anaemia.
4. What is an iron infusion?
Infusion itself means the introduction of something intravenously, that is directly into the bloodstream. An iron infusion is used to increase iron and haemoglobin levels in the patient through intravenous administration of iron through a tube that is inserted into the veins in your arm or hand using a needle, usually in conditions of iron deficiency anaemia, e.g., iron polymaltose infusion.
5. Is it safe to drive after getting the iron infusion?
It is important to get yourself monitored by staying in the hospital for 15-20 minutes after an iron infusion as some people can suffer from side effects like dizziness, headache, nausea, muscle pain for some time or the next 2-3 days, but some of them can return to their normal activities right after infusion and also can drive themselves back home.