Chronic diseases like immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) require ongoing management and treatment
If not managed properly, chronic ITP can lead to excessive bleeding and other complications
Chronic ITP is an autoimmune disease, which means the body’s own immune system attacks and destroys platelets in
- Platelets are a critical part of the blood—they help create clots to stop bleeding.
- People with chronic ITP have low platelet counts, which can cause excessive bleeding and other complications.
“I find myself more reluctant about meeting
new people because I have so many bruises so often.”
When platelet counts are low, the body can’t create a clot to stop bleeding
Low platelet counts can lead to bruising, bleeding, and the potential for serious bleeding events. Every person’s body is unique, so your symptoms of chronic ITP may be different.
In general, healthcare providers (HCPs) consider treatment when platelet counts are less than 30,000 per microliter or when patients have low platelet counts and experience symptoms.
When choosing a treatment for chronic ITP, there are many considerations
The goal of treatment for people with chronic ITP is raising platelet counts to prevent excessive bleeding. Because chronic ITP is a disease that requires chronic treatment, it’s important to consider the characteristics of treatment that might best fit your lifestyle.
- How is treatment administered?
- What are the potential side effects?
- What type of monitoring is required and how often is it needed?
- How often do I need to take the medication?
- Can I eat before, during, or after I take the medication?