Erythropoietin

UNDER REVIEW (September 2016)

Mechanism of Action:

Supplements the endogenous production of erythropoietin by the kidney which stimulates red blood cell production in the bone marrow.

Vitamin B12

UNDER REVIEW (September 2016)

Mechanism of Action:

Vitamin-B12 is required for the successful formation of red blood cells. Deficiency leads to anaemia (Hb<100 g/litre) characterised by macrocytosis i.e. large red blood cells of mean cell volume > 100 fl. This situation is often referred to as ‘megaloblastic anaemia’. Deficiency of also has other important adverse effects on the nervous system including peripheral neuropathy, subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord and dementia.

 

 

Ferrous Sulphate

UNDER REVIEW (September 2016)

Mechanism of Action:

Replenishes iron stores in the body. Iron is an essential constituent of haemoglobin and if it is deficient this leads to anaemia (Hb<100 g/litre) characterised by microcytosis i.e. small red blood cells of mean cell volume < 80 fl.