• Treatment

    Treatment should be directed at the cause of the anemia, and may include:

    • Blood transfusions
    • Corticosteroids or other medicines that suppress the immune system
    • Erythropoietin, a medicine that helps your bone marrow make more blood cells
    • Supplements of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, or other vitamins and minerals

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outlook depends on the cause.


    Severe anemia can cause low oxygen levels in vital organs such as the heart, and can lead to a heart attack.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health provider if you have any symptoms of anemia, or any unusual bleeding.