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How is chronic ITP treated?

Your ITP therapy is determined by how severe your symptoms are. In some cases, no therapy is needed at all and your doctor will monitor your symptoms and platelet counts. If you are over 15 and have chronic or more severe ITP, your doctor may prescribe drugs that alter the immune system's attack on platelets. These include corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) and/or intravenous infusions of immunoglobulin (IVIg) like Privigen.

Privigen is given intravenously (into the vein) by a medical professional, either in a medical setting or in your home.

What can I expect with Privigen IVIg?

Privigen was proven safe and effective in a clinical trial for chronic ITP that studied 57 patients.

Improvements were quick and lasting

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Platelet count increased 150% within 7 days of taking Privigen in 80.7% of patients (46 of 57)
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Average platelet count increased the first day after the first infusion
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Platelet counts remained high at least 8.8 days in 75% of patients

What about side effects?

The clinical study also showed that Privigen IVIg infusion is safe and effective in the treatment of chronic ITP.

  • Side effects were generally mild to moderate
  • 1 patient experienced a serious side effect* that was considered related to Privigen
  • In clinical trials of Privigen for Chronic ITP, headache was the most common side effect. Other common side effects seen with Chronic ITP treatment include fatigue, nausea, fever, anemia, and vomiting
  • These are not the only side effects possible; see the full prescribing information, including boxed warning, for a complete list of adverse reactions possible with treatment for each condition. Alert your physician to any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.

*Asceptic meningitis.

Tips for living with chronic ITP

People with chronic ITP can live full and productive lives. Just take a few simple precautions and see your doctor regularly. Here are some tips from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to help you manage chronic ITP:

  • Don't take part in contact sports, such as boxing or football, as these can cause fatal bleeding in the brain
  • Choose safer activities, like swimming and biking with a helmet, over things like skiing and horseback riding
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Consider wearing gloves while working with knives and other sharp tools
  • Find a doctor who is familiar with treating people who have ITP, such as a hematologist
  • Always ask your doctor before taking any prescription medicines or over-the-counter medicines, supplements, vitamins, or herbal remedies, as some medicines (like aspirin) can cause bleeding
  • Report any signs of infection, such as a fever, to your doctor right away
  • If you're pregnant or may become pregnant, let your doctor know as he or she may want to adjust your ITP treatment during that time
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