Hemophilia is a blood condition, and there are two types. The first is called hemophilia A, while the second is called hemophilia B. In this article, we are going to be looking at hemophilia B. Specifically, hemophilia b treatments.
Hemophilia B Treatments
There are numerous hemophilia B treatments. Below are two medications that can be used in the treatment of hemophilia B.
The first medication that can be used to treat this condition is called BeneFix. This is a man-made protein used to treat or prevent bleeding in hemophilia B patients. Before taking this medication, let your doctor know if you have had signs of excessive blood clotting, or if you are allergic to hamster proteins.
There are a few side effects to note when it comes to BeneFix. Most hemophilia B treatments have side effects, but with BeneFix, side effects include the following: swelling in feet, ankles, or hands; fever; chills; loss of appetite; and new or worsened bleeding.
The second medication that can be used to treat this type of hemophilia is called Alprolix. The generic name is coagulation factor IX. This is another man-made protein used to treat or stop bleeding in hemophilia B. Before taking Alprolix, mention to your doctor if you have had a history of liver or kidney disease, are allergic to hamster proteins, or are currently pregnant.
Like BeneFix, there are side effects to Alprolix. The most common include the following: dizziness, mild skin rash, nausea, and altered sense of taste. If, however, you experience any of these next side effects, seek medical attention right away:
- Signs of blood clotting, such as numbness or coughing up blood
- Swelling of the body
- Loss of appetite
- Continued bleeding even after treatment
Did these two hemophilia B treatments stand out to you?
Speak to your doctor before you get your heart set on one, even if it’s not on this list. Your doctor will be able to determine which of the hemophilia B treatments you’ve researched is best suited to your condition.
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