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Hemophilia (cont.)

What is the treatment hemophilia?

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Most often people with hemophilia require medical treatment if bleeding or an injury occurs. You can take the following simple actions at home.

  • Avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen (Advil) because they may further interfere with blood clotting.
  • If you have blood in your urine, drink plenty of fluids to ensure hydration.
  • Apply direct pressure to any site at which you are bleeding externally.
  • Apply ice and put a splint on affected joints after bleeding to provide relief from symptoms.
  • If you have the training on the process, you can give yourself factor replacement therapy. But you should do so under consultation from your doctor.

What are the medications for hemophilia?

Treatment of hemophilia aims to stop your bleeding. Doctors stop bleeding either by overcoming the deficiency in the clotting factors or by aiding in blood clotting.

  • Giving a medicine called DDAVP (Octostim, desmopressin, or Stimate) may increase levels of Factor VIII (8) temporarily. But the medication will not be effective in severe cases of hemophilia or in hemophilia B.
  • Aminocaproic acid (Amicar) and tranexamic acid (Cyklokapron) assist your clotting by slowing down the ongoing destruction of clots. These medications are useful in oral bleeding in either hemophilia A or B.
  • You may be given an IV clotting factors.
    • You are given purified Factor VIII(8) or IX (9) depending on the type of hemophilia you have.
    • Doctors determine the amount to give you by where your bleeding occurs and how much you weigh. The site of your bleeding also will determine the number of days you must be given the factor.
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