Which medications in the drug class Glucocorticoids are used in the treatment of Anemia?

Updated: Nov 26, 2019
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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These agents are used to treat idiopathic and acquired autoimmune hemolytic anemias.


Glucocorticoids inhibit phagocytosis of antibody-covered platelets. Treatment of ITP during pregnancy is conservative unless the condition is severe. For severe cases, use the lowest dose of glucocorticoids. In neonates, if the platelet count drops below 50,000-75,000 platelets/µL, consider prednisone and exchange transfusions and immunoglobulin.

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