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Question (07/18/2011):

Title: Chronic ITP.

Hello my platelet counts are less than 10000 from last ten years.

Recently I was injected with mabthera (rituximap) but still the platelets count have not risen more than 15000.

I am also taking oral tablets such as danazon and azarthrapin(azoran).

There is too much weakness.

I just want to know that now what should I do and moreover what food should I eat so as to increase my platelet counts and what food should I avoid.



Dear Ankit,

You may find information related to your questions at:

What kinds of food can increase platelets?

What foods (items) should an ITP patient

Low platelet count

My blood platelet count is 30,000

Can any green leaves increase platelet count?

Avoid all refined and processed foods - sugar, saturated fat, and aerated drinks to avoid. Include fresh and organic foods. This may help stimulate the body's internal mechanism and increase platelet count.

Red foods are the key. Tomatoes, plums, watermelons, cherries and berries are loaded with vitamins and minerals and have strong antioxidant properties that help to raise platelet count.

Some people say they have had success with herbs, supplements, energy work, diet changes and other
alternative treatments.

They have released many success stories, but few formal studies.

Many alternative treatments attempt to correct the underlying problem rather than treat the symptoms of the disease.

They tend to require more time to get results and cause fewer unwanted side effects.

The alternative treatments do not have the same results in all the people who try them.

Treatment of ITP patients who do not respond to corticosteroids or splenectomy :

-First Line Therapy

* Rituximab (Rituxan)
* Danazol (Danocrine)
* Colchicine
* Dapsone

- Second Line Therapy

# Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
# Azathioprine (Imuran)
# Mycophenolate mofetil (Cellcept)
# Cyclosporine

- Third Line Therapy- Aggressive chemotherapy

= High-dose cyclophosphamide
= Combination chemotherapy

- Fourth Line Therapy- Treatments with various limitations

o Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
o Gammaglobulin (long-term)
o Vinblastine (long-term)

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