Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
194 Doctors are Online

Medication for Beta-thalassemia

Hi, I am Brajesh kumar, age-- 17 years , Gender -- Male , I am a patient of Bita -Thalassimia, I want to know about the medicine of my disease.
Asked On : Mon, 19 Jul 2010
Answers:  1 Views:  224
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Are you having any symptoms from the disease?
Thalassemias are inherited disorders caused by various gene mutations.Several clinical forms of β thalassemia are recognized; some of the more common forms are as follows:
Silent carrier β thalassemia: these patients have no symptoms, except for possible low RBC indices.
β thalassemia trait: Patients have mild anemia, abnormal RBC indices, and abnormal Hb electrophoresis results with elevated levels of Hb A2, Hb F, or both.
Thalassemia intermedia: This condition results in anemia of intermediate severity, which typically does not require regular blood transfusions.

Thalassemia major (Cooley anemia): This condition is characterized by transfusion-dependent anemia, massive splenomegaly, bone deformities, growth retardation, and peculiar facies in untreated individuals, 80% of whom die within the first 5 years of life from complications of anemia.

Coming to the treatment part -
Patients with thalassemia traits do not require medical or follow-up care after the initial diagnosis is made.
Patients with severe thalassemia require medical treatment, and a blood transfusion regimen was the first measure effective in prolonging life.

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)-HSCT is recommended only for selected patients; it is the only known curative treatment for thalassemia

Splenectomy (removal of spleen)is the principal surgical procedure used for many patients with thalassemia.
A normal diet is recommended, with emphasis on the following supplements: folic acid, small doses of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).
Medications needed for the treatment of various types of thalassemias are nonspecific and only supportive like Hydroxyurea ,Haemophilus b conjugate vaccine ,Folic acid, Vitamin C,Hydrocortisone ,Deferasirox,Diphenhydramine hydrochloride,Acetaminophen ,Somatropin etc
Answered: Wed, 21 Jul 2010
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor