How Medication Can Help Your ITP

Medication How it’s
administered
How it works
First-line Corticosteroid IV infusion, pill, injection Raises platelet count by suppressing the immune system.
Intravenous immunoglobulin-IVIg (a blood product) IV infusion Blocks destruction of platelets
in the spleen and liver.
Anti-D immunoglobulin (a blood product) IV infusion Blocks destruction of platelets in the spleen and liver.
Second-line Platelet growth factor Injection, pill Stimulates bone marrow to produce more platelets.
Anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody IV infusion Disables and changes specific immune system cells, reducing antibody production and boosting the platelet count.
Immunosuppressant
medication
IV infusion, pill, injection Disables parts of the immune system and raises platelet count.
Chemotherapy IV infusion, pill, injection Slows cell growth and suppresses the immune system.

 

Published October 2013

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