Treating ITP

Once you’ve been diagnosed with ITP, the primary goal is to develop the best treatment plan with your hematologist to control your symptoms and help you feel better. If you’re experiencing only mild bruising and petechiae, your doctor may simply wait on beginning any treatment and watch your condition over a period of time. If your symptoms are more severe, prompt treatment may be recommended to raise your platelet counts to lower the chance of uncontrolled bleeding. While there is no cure for ITP, many patients find their platelet count improves following treatment.

Conventional Treatments

There are many treatment options to control the symptoms and complications of ITP—and many more are being developed. The key to getting the best results is working closely with your doctor to find the treatment that works best for you with the least possible side effects.

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Complementary Treatments

While numerous conventional treatment options may be recommended to treat ITP—and new medications continue to be developed—many look to complementary medicine approaches to help manage symptoms and enhance their quality of life.

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Adverse Event Reporting

If you or a loved one experience a serious adverse event from a treatment, it’s important to file a report with MedWatch: the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. You can make a report and notify the FDA of side effects, quality problems or other serious issues by completing an adverse reporting form. It is important to note that non-response to a treatment should not be reported as an adverse event.

Treatment Resources

Since 1998, PDSA has been proud to provide valuable information for those who care for ITP patients and their families, including treatment guidelines, journal articles and patient booklets.

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Important Outside Influences

There are many well-known causes of substance-induced thrombocytopenia, or a low-platelet level and associated bleeding. Understanding what can cause a low platelet count can help those with ITP manage their platelet production, or ease symptoms for those whose low count is caused by outside influences.

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Navigating the NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland is composed of 27 institutes and centers that invest more than $28 billion annually in medical research—services beneficial for both researchers and patients.

PDSA’s involvement with the NIH includes collaborating with the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) and the The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Empower your journey with ITP by learning more about what the NIH offers:

NIH Publication Services - PubMed

PubMed offers more than 27 million reference citations. By entering a subject the PubMed search engine provides a list of published research on that topic.

National Library of Medicine

Located on the NIH campus, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) collection contains more than five million items and is open to the public. The NLM’s books and journals are also available through interlibrary loan.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes data on many complementary and alternative medicine topics and also conducts research on treatments that hold promise.

NIH Immune Booklet

"The Immune System-How it Works" is a 63-page booklet from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; paper copies are also available.

NIH Library

A well stocked resource of journals open to the public. Learn more about what the NIH Library offers.

NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT)

The National Institutes of Health Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) provide information about all grants and contracts receiving support from the NIH.


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