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Prescribed Flolan for pulmonary hypertension. Platelets low. Does Flolan take away platelets ?

My sister has pulmonary hypertension , they are giving her Flolan to treat the condition, at the same time her platlets are low, am I wrong in reading when Flolan is given to the patient in takes away the platlets? They are trying to build her platlets up why are they still administrating Flolan? Seems like this medication is defeating the purpose of building the platlet level up.
Asked On : Fri, 9 Nov 2012
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Hi, Thank you for the query. Usually Flolan is used to treat severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). You were right in reading that Flolan takes away the platelets so that blood can't clot inside lung vasculature. When blood clot is formed then platelets are consumed, thereby their number decreased. During Flolan administration blood can't coagulate as it deactivates platelet aggregation, so the platelets remain unconsumed and its number increased. Hope you got the answer.
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