How is sickle cell disease treated?
Treatment of sickle cell disease depends upon the symptoms a person is experiencing. Treatment includes early diagnosis, health promotion, and symptom prevention. Some medicines that can be used to treat sickle cell disease include:
- Pain medications, including opioids and anti-inflammatory medicines.
- Hydroyurea (e.g., Hydrea®and Droxia®).
- Iron chelation therapy ( Desferal®, Jadenu®, Exjade®).
- Folic acid.
- Anticonvulsants such as gabapentin.
Bone marrow transplant is a treatment modality that offers a cure for sickle cell disease. However, due to several complications that could occur, it is only offered to patients who have had serious complications from sickle cell disease.