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« on: December 29, 2018, 09:28:39 PM »

Hi Andy,
Recently we met Dr Vijay Ramanan in India, we heard that lot of Thalassaemia patients under his treatment became transfusion independent as they are able to maintain Hb around 8 to 9 .

He prescribed combinations to 8-10 medicines which includes Thalidomide, Hydroxyuera , Aspirin, Wheat grass and some more along with Deferasirox.
We are bit confused if it is safe for a 9 year old kid with such a big list of medication.

Our son is under regular blood transfusion since the age of 6 months and current frequency of transfusion- 3 weeks. His Ferritin level is around 2000

below are the list of medicnes:

1. Thalidomide 100 mg Daily
2. Aspirin 75 mg / Thrice a week
3. Wheat Grass
4. Deferasirox 800 mg daily
5. Glutathione 500mg
6. Hydroxyuera 500 mg  / Thrice a week
7. Multivitamin Tablets (C2B plus) Daily
8. Vitamin K2 Capsules (SAP-K2) Daily
9. Thal RV (L-methylfolate 1000 MCG+Resveratrol 100 MG) / once Alternate day
10. Injection - Erythropoietin  (SAP-epoeitin 5000 IU) - 1\once weekly for 8 weeks.

we are very confused , is it safe to start such combinations of medicines and also will it impact any other aspects of health ?

As per our previous doctor it can cause overgrowing of bones causing some facial bone deformation if bone marrow works more to maintain Hb, so we are bit confused.
We were settled with one treatment procedure and now moving into another mode of treatment as we always wanted to get rid of transfusion.

we really need suggestion from your side to help us in decision making.
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 07:26:43 AM »

Dear Andy

We too need your advise as the same medicines are advised to my 9 year old daughter when we met the Dr. 2 days back. We are going to start the same from 2nd Jan.
Need your advise/suggestions please. Thank you.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2018, 10:24:17 PM »

Waiting for your suggestion before starting the medication.
Please help.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2019, 02:41:09 PM »

First thing I want to say is to correct the misconception about the bones expanding, causing malformation that is obvious in the face. That happens when the bone marrow is overactive, but futile in raising the Hb. The bones do expand, which also makes them weaker. This does not happen when the Hb rises, which is the ultimate goal of this therapy. Once the Hb rises, bone marrow activity reduces.

You have to make the decision to try this therapy. I will say that Dr Ramanan has had excellent results with many patients, but as with all programs that require the use of drugs, some people will have side effects that prevent them from continuing the drugs. The only way you will know is to try. If the children cannot tolerate the therapy, then they should resume transfusion.

I feel that I must also mention that Dr Ramanan's success has led to other doctors using the same or similar therapy. These doctors include Dr Chandy, one of the more prominent thalassemia doctors in India.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2019, 07:50:04 PM »

Thanks Andy. We are planning to start the therapy. As we are moving to new way we were little concerned, your words will help.
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2019, 12:34:52 AM »

Thanks so much....
We too are starting the same.
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2019, 08:21:29 PM »

After the first day of starting the medication he woke up with severe drowsiness and nausea. He had more than 9 hour sleep last night but not able to get up , even after having bath he is unable to walk normally due to dizziness and having vomiting sensation when tried to having breakfast. He went to sleep again.

Are these symptoms expected?
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2019, 03:31:45 AM »

Hi,

We are trying this therapy too since last 3 years and quite satisfied.

I can say is these symptoms aren't expected. Kindly discuss there more with Dr. Ramanan if any issue you feel is severe one.

Kindly be some what more patient & try. May be with God grace Your son will get rid of pain of regular transfusions with this.

Pl. include Morning Pranayama & Yoga Asans further in your son schedule. It really helps a lot in gaining Momentum for child & supports for HB Improvement.

Thanks..

Nitin

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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2019, 09:21:25 PM »

Thank you so much for your words. We had contacted dr yesterday and he asked us to continue the therapy. We are trying to give dinner early in the evening so that medicines can be taken early. He is completely fine today. Probably initial few days we have to allow him more sleep after hectic year end schedule of us. Just hoping things will be alright soon.
Thanks all for your prayers.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2019, 11:20:15 PM »

Dear Nitin
Can you pls give some details about your experience.
What were the readings etc during the first four months. And were you off BT immediately after starting this therapy.
How often you need to visit Pune now?
Pls advise...it will be immensely helpful. Thanks.
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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2019, 02:43:34 PM »

It may take some time and some experimentation with when the meds are taken to see if it can be tolerated.
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2019, 04:51:10 AM »

Hi Keru my angel,

My experience I already shared on Dr. Ramannan therapy and Kindly start therapy with your kid along with extremely good diet plan along with pranayama & yoga..

It will work ..

If any further info reqd you can mark mail to me on nitin.28.arora@gmail.com, will discuss too if reqd..

BR//
Nitin

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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2019, 04:17:40 AM »

Hi I am using this medicine for last 1.5 years, can good response also. my kid three years old, initial stage of treatment within 1st 6months, he got many times sick fever which makes me to stop medicine for couple of days, during that time his hb fall down to 4, take transfusion. once again continue with medicine his hd leads morethan 9. appx 9 to 10 months he was fine, no transfusion. once again continuesoly 2 months he was sick due to 3-4 times fever. which makes him so week hb dall down to 6.

but I cont... with medicine , feels good result.


I like to know any faced this type experience in between the treatment/ thereaphy reuires to take blood transfusion?
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2019, 03:28:48 PM »

One bit of advice. If the child becomes sick or develops a fever, stop the meds until the illness is gone.
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