Immune Thrombocytopenia and Pregnancy Medication

Updated: Sep 21, 2020
  • Author: Shamudheen Rafiyath, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MD, MS, FACP  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Medications to increase the platelet count in pregnant women with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and newborns with neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT) include steroids and intravenous immunoglobulins. 

 

 

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Glucocorticoids

Class Summary

These agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. They modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Prednisone (Sterapred)

Inhibits phagocytosis of antibody-covered platelets. Used to increase platelet count.

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Blood products

Class Summary

Used to increase platelet count.

Intravenous immune globulin (Gammagard S/D, Gammar-P, Gamunex, Carimune, Polygam S/D)

Has rapid onset of action and is DOC (used in conjunction with platelet transfusion) when severe thrombocytopenia or life-threatening hemorrhage occurs.

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