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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Anti-inflamatory for thrombocytopenia

01/29/2008

Question:

Is there an anti-inflamatory over the counter drug that does not affect blood clotting for people with thrombocytopenia? [platelets about 40 K] Acetominaphen is ok for pain but does not address inflammation like other NSAIDs, Issues include severe water on the knee and arthritis.

Answer:

Unfortunately there are no anti-inflammatory medications that do not affect platelet function. Depending on the circumstances of you situation, you can sometimes still take them for only a short/limited period of time under your doctors supervision, but not for extended periods of time.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University