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Potential Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

Potential treatments

  • Increased fluid intake: sickle cell disease patients are more at risk for dehydration because they can’t concentrate their urine
  • Ibuprofen, NSAIDs
  • SSRIs, SNRIs
  • Gabapentinoids
  • Antispasmodics
  • Hot baths, heating pads, hot packs
  • Massage
  • Distraction
  • Activity when possible
  • An improved diet: some patients stay away from red meat, pork, any kind of processed food that may cause an inflammatory response in the body

Being studied for potential cures?

  • Stem cell transplants
  • Gene editing