Patient Comments: Polycythemia - Treatment

What was the treatment for your polycythemia?

Comment from: scm, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

I was detected as having polycythemia vera (PV) about 9/10 months ago and the hemoglobin count had gone up to 21.9. I had to go for phlebotomy about 9 times almost in continued succession and another time after 4 months as hematocrit level went to 45.5. As an Indian maybe the upper limits the doctors check here are far lower i.e. 12-16 for hemoglobin and 41-45 for hematocrit. Due to the treatment with hydroxyurea capsules and blood thinning tablets I am giving blood only when higher levels are breached. However on phlebotomy there is severe weakness and debility. This makes even, walking a problem due to continued pain in all joints. This has also caused sexual debility. I have heard of Levical, an herbal drug made in Belgium. Reported to be an effective controller of blood parameters.

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