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If polycythemia vera makes you itchy, what medications might your doctor recommend to stop the itchiness?

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To help control your itching with polycythemia vera, your doctor might recommend:

  • Aspirin
  • Antihistamines
  • Light therapy
  • A type of medication called I interferon
  • A type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Examples include fluoxetine (Prozac) and paroxetine (Paxil).

SOURCES:

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

Bloodwise.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

Mayo Clinic: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Health Care: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Library of Medicine.

CancerCare.org: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Polycythemia Vera Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

Bloodwise.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

Mayo Clinic: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Health Care: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Library of Medicine.

CancerCare.org: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Polycythemia Vera Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 18, 2019

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