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The goal of treating anemia is to restore the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood to normal. This may involve dietary changes, medications, medical procedures, and treating conditions responsible for causing the anemia.

Treatment may involve any of the following:

Lifestyle changes
Other treatments


Anemia—differential diagnosis. Updated September 23, 2015. Accessed September 29, 2015.

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 16th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2004.

How is anemia treated? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: Updated May 18, 2012. Accessed September 29, 2015.

Last reviewed September 2015 by Marcin Chwistek, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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