Managing Your Symptoms

Severe aplastic anemia

What treatment options can be used to manage symptoms of severe aplastic anemia?

Your doctor has a number of options to choose from to treat your severe aplastic anemia (SAA). Finding the right therapy and starting early are important in treating SAA.


Let’s talk about some of the most commonly used options.

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While this is a short-term treatment, it can keep your blood cells at higher levels to help with some of the symptoms you may be experiencing. Blood transfusion is often used in addition to the other options shown here.

This procedure replaces damaged stem cells in your bone marrow with healthy ones from a matched donor. This helps your body start making blood cells on its own again. For patients who have a matched donor, this is the preferred treatment regimen.

These medications prevent your immune system from attacking your bone marrow, allowing the body to make new blood cells. For SAA, the most commonly used are antithymocyte globulin (ATG) and cyclosporine. Historically, immunosuppressive therapy has been the preferred option for patients unable to receive a stem cell transplant.

PROMACTA® (eltrombopag) is an effective option for SAA that’s proven to boost the production of healthy blood cells in your bone marrow.

It’s important to talk with your doctor about the treatment options that are right for you.