Hemophilia A Treatment
Treatment for hemophilia A often includes intravenous infusions of factor 8 and fresh frozen plasma. Other treatments include the use of desmopressin and antifibrinolytic agents. Gene therapy for hemophilia A remains experimental.
Treatment for hemophilia A includes:
- Factor 8 for hemophilia A
- Factor VIII pooled plasma (ultrapure preparations recommended)
- Factor VIII recombinant products
- Fresh frozen plasma for hemophilia A
- Can cause a transient increase in factor 8 in the bloodstream
- Coagulation Factor VIIa (recombinant)
- Gene therapy for hemophilia A:
- An experimental treatment that involves introducing genetic material (DNA or RNA) into a person's cells to fight disease.
Hemophilia A Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of hemophilia A.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Hemophilia A Specialist
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