Are there alternative treatments for sickle cell anemia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Yes, there are alternative treatments for sickle cell anemia. Nitric oxide, clotrimazole, and butyric acid are some of the options. While butyric acid can increase the body's production of fetal hemoglobin (a protein found in infants that protects against sickle cells), nitric oxide and clotrimazole can prevent the development and bunching of existing sickle cells. Gene therapy aimed at disabling mutated genes while stimulating normal ones is also currently being investigated.

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