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What is the treatment for sickle cell crisis?

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L-glutamine oral powder (Endari) has proven to keep sickle cell crises from happening and prevent hospitalizations. Hydroxyurea (Droxia, Hydrea, Silkos) stops abnormal red blood cells from forming. This lowers the number of painful crises from sickling blood cells. : You may be given fluids to help with the sickle cell crisis and pain medicines to treat any pain.

Your doctor can help you come up with a plan for how to handle a crisis. If you need to go to the hospital for treatment, make sure to take your plan with you.

From: What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

American Family Physician: “Practical Tips for Preventing a Sickle Cell Crisis.”

KidsHealth: “What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis?”

National Institutes of Health: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease?,” “How Is Sickle Cell Disease Treated?”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Sickle Cell Disease.”

CDC: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

American Family Physician: “Practical Tips for Preventing a Sickle Cell Crisis.”

KidsHealth: “What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis?”

National Institutes of Health: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease?,” “How Is Sickle Cell Disease Treated?”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Sickle Cell Disease.”

CDC: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

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