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My Doctor has prescribed the above for my heavy periods which have made me anaemic. Feel reluctant to take them as I've never taken anything other than paracetamol before. Has anyone taken/does take these? If so, have you experienced any side effects? Thanks.
I took this, but it made no difference to me. My Doctor told me that it does not reduce the flow, it just makes the blood clot more so that the flow appears less. I obviously had enough clots already! Has anyone else been told this?
I took it in conjunction with mefenamic acid. I ended up anaemic with a blood count of 7 (half what it should ideally be). 4 ops and a few years of misery later I finally had my fibroids diagnosed, removed, and had dc. No probs since. Well, no period probs, whole new set of life issues instead!!!
I think Mefanamic Acid works in a different was because I couldn't be prescribed Tranexamic Acid because I've had a DVT and clotting agents are not a good idea. I'm afraid I don't actually know how it is supposed to work and I decided not to take it and things have settled on their own.
Being anaemic makes you lose more blood too, so it's a vicious circle. I would really urge you to get a diagnosis if possible, take iron tablets and multi vitamins and rest when you can. It is not exactly a 'sexy' medical problem to have but it can ruin your life and make you feel dreadful. And I speak as one who once drove home in her bf's grey y-fronts after a really nasty bleed in Ikea. Horror on so many levels.
annabelcarmel - sounds like you've had a rough time of it. I was found to be severely anaemic 6 months ago after several blackouts. I took iron tablets for a few weeks but they made me very ill, so I've just been trying as best I can to keep my levels up with herbal iron. I'm just about managing it but my heavy periods aren't helping.
Doc should really be referring you to a gynae. Tranexamic acid is but a short term measure but importantly does not address or even begin to solve WHY you are getting such problems in the first place. Treatment for the symptoms is fine but they really should be seeking the cause as well.
Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding (and anaemia as a result); this should be investigated further. Many GPs are next to useless when it comes to dealing with such problems, I would be seriously asking for a referral to a gynae consultant and not taking no for an answer.
I would add that my GP sent me for a scan to check for fibroids at the same time as I was prescribed the tablets. Mine was all clear so think I am just an unlucky one who gets heavy periods. Getting a Mirena coil fitted in a couple of weeks, so hoping to not get them any more!
eldonave - do you know what alternative forms of iron there are?
attila - I have had a few investigations as to why I'm anaemic but not all. I had a cervical smear, a pelvic ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound - all clear.
I have been unwell over the past 6 months and have had some other tests too not related to the anaemia. I keep meaning to post a new thread but it's such a long and exhausting story that I keep putting it off. I've never been ill before so it has all been a bit stressful.