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asked in category: General Last Updated: 23rd January, 2020

How does methyldopa cause hemolytic anemia?

Methyldopa therapy results in the formation of red cell autoantibodies in 10–20% of patients taking the drug for longer than 4 months. Most patients who develop these autoantibodies do not go on to develop hemolytic anemia in spite of high titres of antibodies on their red cells.

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Besides, how does dapsone cause hemolytic anemia?

Oxidant hemolysis, caused by dapsone's metabolite hydroxylamine, is a common side effect, and screening for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is recommended before the drug is started in order to prevent potential hemolytic reactions. Her anemia improved after cessation of therapy with dapsone.

Furthermore, what is the most common cause of hemolytic anemia? Known causes of hemolytic anemia include: Inherited conditions, such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Stressors such as infections, drugs, snake or spider venom, or certain foods. Toxins from advanced liver or kidney disease.

Moreover, what is drug induced hemolytic anemia?

Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia is a blood disorder that occurs when a medicine triggers the body's defense (immune) system to attack its own red blood cells. This causes red blood cells to break down earlier than normal, a process called hemolysis.

What are the signs and symptoms of hemolytic anemia?

Other common signs and symptoms that are seen in those with hemolytic anemia include:

  • dark urine.
  • yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • heart murmur.
  • increased heart rate.
  • enlarged spleen.
  • enlarged liver.

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