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Treatment Options

Treatment options for people living with a bleeding disorder have improved tremendously in recent years. More innovations are currently being researched as well. Some bleeding disorders have more treatment options than others, and some are only for people of a certain age or only for specific situations. All these considerations make it important to understand all options available to you. You can then work with your doctor to answer any additional questions and to find the right fit for you. 

The treatment options covered in this section are organized by type of treatment product. However, it is important to understand that some of these treatments prevent bleeds, some can treat bleeds once they start, and some are able to do both. Here is a chart that helps explain:

Prevent bleeds ongoing (prophylaxis) Prevent bleeds for a specific event
(episodic prophylaxis)
Treat a bleed once it starts
These are medications taken on a regular basis to lower the chances of having a bleed in the first place. These are medications that aren’t taken all the time, but only as needed before a situation where bleeding is likely (surgeries or medical procedures, dental work, monthly periods) These are medications that are taken only once a bleed occurs as directed by your doctor.  You would stop the treatment once the bleed has resolved
Treatment Options Treatment Options Treatment Options
Factor Replacement Therapy
Bispecific Antibody Therapy
Gene Therapy*
Factor Replacement Therapy
Factor Replacement Therapy

*Gene Therapy is taken to prevent bleeds from happening in the first place, however, the one difference is it isn’t an ongoing treatment. The treatment is given once to provide ongoing protection. You can learn more below.  

When learning about treatment options, you may come across a lot of technical and medical terms, like “bispecific antibody” or “antifibrinolytics”. This section will explain those terms and breakdown the concepts for you, so don’t be afraid to dive in.  

This section of Treatment Options will cover: 

  • Factor Replacement Therapy  
  • Bispecific Antibody Therapy 
  • Gene Therapy  
  • Desmopressin 
  • Antifibrinolytics