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Q. Hemoglobin is very low, 5. 6 g/dL. How to raise the level?


 

Hi doctor,

My father-in-law has a hemoglobin of 5.6 g/dL. What is the cause? Please suggest a treatment.


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Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat
MBBS., MD
Internal Medicine

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

There are multiple reasons for having low hemoglobin. It can be due to nutritional deficiency or chronic blood loss. I recommend seeing a gastroenterologist. He needs fecal occult blood testing and colonoscopy to rule out occult bleeding. Also, give him two units of blood. HB (hemoglobin) less than 7 g/dL is dangerous. Give him iron and vitamin supplements. He can take Ferrous sulfate 325 mg one tablet three times daily and tablet Iberet-Folic-500 (Folic acid with Vitamin C) one tablet two times daily.

 
 
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