Medication adherence to oral iron therapy in patients with iron deficiency anemia
Objective: This study aimed at investigating the factors affecting medication adherence in patients who use oral iron therapy due to iron deficiency anemia.
Methods: A total of 96 female patients in fertile age with mean age of 30±10.1 years (range 18-53) who were admitted to Family Medicine Clinic between 01 January and 31 March 2015 and who had received iron therapy within the recent three years were enrolled in the study. Data were collected through a questionnaire form.
Results: Of the patients, 39 (40,6%) were detected not to use the medication regularly or during the recommended period. A statistically significant relationship was found between non-adherence to therapy and gastrointestinal side effects and weight gain (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Medication adherence is deficient in patients with iron deficiency anemia. The most important reason for this seems gastrointestinal side effects, in addition to weight gain under treatment.
How to cite this:Gereklioglu C, Asma S, Korur A, Erdogan F, Kut A. Medication adherence to oral iron therapy in patients with iron deficiency anemia. Pak J Med Sci. 2016;32(3):604-607. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.323.9799
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