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TOPIC: Cepharanthine - a med from Japan

Cepharanthine - a med from Japan 7 months 2 weeks ago #68466

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Have any if you read or heard about the Japanese treatment for ITP called Cepharanthine?
Apparently it can be ordered.

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Cepharanthine - a med from Japan 7 months 1 week ago #68509

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Looks like the drug has been around for awhile. Here is a study from 2012 on its efficacy.
"Clinical efficacy of high-dose cepharanthine for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: retrospective multicenter analysis"
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23318963

Since it is an anti-inflammatory and, from the study, seems to work on the same population as Prednisone. Perhaps it is a substitute for Pred. One would think that there is some sort of problem with it. Else, it would have become popular over the past 8 years since. Maybe it is more expensive to produce than Pred?

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Cepharanthine - a med from Japan 7 months 1 week ago #68510

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I wonder why it is not available in the US.
It seems to have minor side effects and is inexpensive compared to others in the US.

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Cepharanthine - a med from Japan 7 months 1 week ago #68519

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It doesn't appear to be available in UK either

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