Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia : Treatment

Treatment

Stopping the drug that is causing the problem may relieve or control the symptoms.

Some persons may be given a medicine called prednisone to reduce the immune response against the red blood cells. Special blood transfusions may be needed to treat severe symptoms.

Prognosis (Expectations)

Most patients have a good outcome if they stop taking the drug that is causing the problem.

Complications

Death caused by severe anemia is rare.

Calling Your Health Care Provider

See your health care provider if you have symptoms of this condition.


Review Date : 3/2/2009
Reviewed By : David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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