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What medications are used to treat blood disorders?

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There are numerous blood disorders that each require a variety of medications or treatment options, as stated by WebMD. Some treatments are as simple as blood transfusions and doses of B12, while other more serious treatments call for bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy.

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What medications are used to treat blood disorders?
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Blood disorders can be broken up into three categories: those that affect red blood cells, those that affect white blood cells and those that affect blood plasma.

Anemia can be present in various forms. Iron-deficiency anemia is typically treated with iron pills or blood transfusions. Pernicious anemia is a result of vitamin B12 deficiency and can be treated with high doses of B12. Aplastic anemia can be treated with a blood transfusion, or in more serious cases, a bone marrow transplant. There are numerous other forms of anemia that are treated with other medications as well.

Cancers attack white blood cells and also can be present in various forms. Chemotherapy or radiation, or a combination of both, can be used to either extend the life of the patient suffering from lymphoma or can even send the disease into remission. Leukemia is also treated with chemotherapy but can also be treated with a stem cell transplant.

Blood plasma disorders can include sepsis, hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, deep veinous thrombosis and disseminated intravascular coagulation. Some plasma disorders, like hypercoaguable state, can be treated with blood thinners.

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