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Is there an alternate medication for reducing blood platelets without using chemotherapy?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Not really

The treatment for essential thrombocytosis (too many platelets) can be Aspirin alone for patients with no symptoms.
For patients with symptoms like blood clots, a low dose of oral chemotherapy is used. The drug is called hydroxyurea. It is very different from cancer chemotherapy and has very few side effects. Don't let the word chemotherapy scare you! it means "chemical treatment". Ie a drug.

In brief: Not really

The treatment for essential thrombocytosis (too many platelets) can be Aspirin alone for patients with no symptoms.
For patients with symptoms like blood clots, a low dose of oral chemotherapy is used. The drug is called hydroxyurea. It is very different from cancer chemotherapy and has very few side effects. Don't let the word chemotherapy scare you! it means "chemical treatment". Ie a drug.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: See below

You are probably talking about a myeloproliferative disorder such as essential thrombocytosis, or polycythemia vera.
Hydroxyurea and Anagrelide are drugs used to lower the platelet count when lowering the platelet count is indicated.

In brief: See below

You are probably talking about a myeloproliferative disorder such as essential thrombocytosis, or polycythemia vera.
Hydroxyurea and Anagrelide are drugs used to lower the platelet count when lowering the platelet count is indicated.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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