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