Can Ibuprofen cause anemia?
could the anemia be caused from a bone marrow problem caused by the nsaid?
Ibuprofen causes aplastic anemia in about 0.01% of persons using it!
These side effects, though very rare, are possible with longterm consumption of ibuprofen. I am strongly convinced that this is the possible cause of your symptoms and more so because you have been recovering ever since stopping this drug. That is enough prove and we really do not need to look further as this has been documented before.
Am sure you are already keeping away from this drug and that's a major step ahead.
I hope this addresses your query fully. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up and ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
Ulikely that it happens again but I will not advice so!
We have many drugs that can be used in place of Ibuprofen such as naproxen, aspirin, diclofenac, etc. We rather resort to these than trying out with a drug that has not been very friendly to us.
I wish you well.
I also wanted to ask about the aplastic anemia again; would that also cause my ferritin drop to below normal?, thanks for your help
What are your blood calcium levels?
Aplastic anemia cannot cause low ferritin. Ferritin is actually made up of iron stores. If they are not being used up like in the case of aplastic anemia, they will rather stay normal or increase. The most common cause of low ferritin levels are decreased consumption of iron containing foods. You may want to make dietary modifications to incorporate this or consider taking iron supplements.
I will like to know if your blood calcium levels have been tested? If yes, what are the values. Low calcium can explain the cramps. Let's see is this is confirmed by blood values.
I hope this helps. I wish you well. Am always available for further exchanges if need be.
My doctor insists my low ferritin is from bleeding since I do have hereditary hemechromatosis and I required phlebotomies when my ferritin was high, before taking advil. I've had 2 hip replacements due to avn. That was 2008 & 2009. Since then I've been anemic with low ferritin, also that's when I started advil 800mg 2-3 times a day.
My calcium has always been wnl. The last one was 9.3, but that was definitely after taking calcium, sinc I take 480mgs in the morning and again in the evening
Continue with calcium and Iron supplements!
I will suggest you continue with calcium and iron supplements. Iron supplements should be monitored and discontinued once you have enough stores as you have hemochromatosis.
Hopefully, these would control the cramps and low iron levels. Keep me posted on you are doing with these changes/recommendations.
I wish you you well.