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How is dapsone induced hemolytic anemia treated?

How is dapsone induced hemolytic anemia treated?

Stopping dapsone: The best way to treat Dapsone related anemia is by discontinuing dapsone. Dapsone causes hemolytic anemia which is dose-dependent and can be stopped only with discontinuing the drug. Usual practice is to use the lowest possible doses of Dapsone and support with vitamin E and folic acid. ...Read more

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Can zinadol(cefuroxime) induce hemolytic anemia to g6pd patients? There is a risk of hemolysis with cephalosporins, is it greater for g6pd patients?

Can zinadol(cefuroxime) induce hemolytic anemia to g6pd patients?

There is a risk of hemolysis with cephalosporins, is it greater for g6pd patients?

Not likely a risk: The list of antibiotics to avoid in patients with G6PD deficiency include nitrofurans, sulfonamides and quinones (and chloramphenicol). Some of these are considered to be safe at usual doses for class II and III disease. Cephalosporins should not contribute to hemolysis. ...Read more

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Can hemolytic anemia be treated?

Can hemolytic anemia be treated?

Yes: Hemolytic anemia can be due to multiple causes such as medications, infections, cancers, autoimmune disorders, etc. Depending on the cause treatments can be done such as stopping causative drugs, treating infections or cancers, starting folic acid, sometimes transfusing blood, etc. ...Read more

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Can blackstrap molasses make you feel better if you have drug-induced hemolytic anemia but your iron panel (ferritin, tibc, tsi, si) were all normal?

Can blackstrap molasses make you feel better if you have drug-induced hemolytic anemia but your iron panel (ferritin, tibc, tsi, si) were all normal?

Forgive my candor: Blackstrap molasses is an antique health fraud which despite what others may tell contains only small amounts of vitamins, and acquires most of its mineral content from the machinery in which it was processed. Hemolytic anemia -- drug-induced or not -- is serious and needs to be followed up by a physician. Iron won't touch it. Don't let others play you for a sucker. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hemolytic anemia?

What is the definition or description of: hemolytic anemia?

RBC breakdown: Hemolytic anemia is where red blood cells are destroyed too quickly. There are many possibilities that would cause this rbc breakdown. Antibodies, abnormal rbc membranes (spherocytosis), abnormal hemoglobins (sickle cell, thalassemia), abnormal rbc enzymes. If hemolytic anemia is is suspected, many tests may be ordered to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What happens during a hemolytic anemia investigation?

What happens during a hemolytic anemia investigation?

Cause of hemolysis: Once hemolysis is thought to be occurring, the cause is saught. The causes are many. Some are inherent to the red blood cell (sickle cell, spherocytosis, thalassemia, g6pd deficiency). Some are from antibodies. Some are from other causes of destruction within the blood vessels (mechanical heart valves, hemolytic uremic syndrome). This work up is quite involved. ...Read more

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Why it is said that cephalosporins can cause hemolytic anemia?

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Autoimmune reaction: Cephalosporins interact with red blood cell membranes. The body can sometimes produce antibodies against cephalosporins that also interact with the surface of red blood cells. These antibodies thus activate the body's immune system to attack its own red blood cells, causing hemolytic anemia. This is a rare but severe side effect of cephalosporins. ...Read more

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Can hemolytic anemia be prevented?

Possibly: Hemolytic anemia may have numerous causes including toxins, infections, genetic diseases, autoimmune diseases, drugs, certain types of food, etc. So theoretically if you know what the cause is then it can be avoided. Therefore an adequate diagnostic workup by your doctor is necessary. ...Read more

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Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

Is autoimmune hemolytic anemia hereditary?

No: It can be due to an underlying autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. In this case, the underlying autoimmune disorder may be hereditary; but the autoimmune hemolytic anemia is not hereditary. It is simply the manifestation of the underlying disorder. There are also several causes of autoimmune hemolytic anemia that are not inherited. ...Read more

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