How is a high hemoglobin count treated?

If a medical condition is causing high hemoglobin levels, your doctor may recommend a procedure or medication to lower it.

In a procedure called a phlebotomy, a health professional inserts a needle into your vein and drains blood through a tube into a bag or container. You might need to have this procedure on a repeated basis until your hemoglobin level is close to normal.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/02/2018.


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  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry/Lab Tests Online. Hemoglobin. Accessed 5/7/2018.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Understanding Blood Counts. Accessed 5/7/2018.

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