Low-dose iron supplementation was effective in older patients with iron-deficiency anemia: COMMENTARY

Ioannou, George; Debley, Cara
May 2006
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2006, Vol. 144 Issue 3, p71
Academic Journal
The article presents the author's view on a study related to the efficacy of low-dose iron supplementation in older patients with iron-deficiency anemia. The study found that the conventional dose of iron supplementation was associated with more side effects than low-dose iron supplementation. However, the increase in hemoglobin levels at 60 days of follow-up was found similar in the low- and conventional-dose iron supplementation groups. The author suggests that iron supplementation can be started at 15 mg/d and increased if there is inadequate response in hemoglobin levels.


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