Make Your Treatment Plan Effective
Many factors influence the effectiveness of your von Willebrand treatment. We recommend that von Willebrand disease patients avoid medications that may increase bleeding, such as aspirin or other antiplatelet drugs. For the healthiest life possible, we also recommend that you maintain a healthy weight and an active lifestyle to increase muscle tone and preserve joint function.
Use caution when receiving immunizations. Injections should be given in the thigh or other large muscle groups using the smallest size needle possible. No more than one immunization in one muscle group should be administered per visit, and ice and pressure should be applied after each immunization for 3 to 5 minutes each.
Consider getting vaccinated against hepatitis A and B if you are not immune or have not been previously exposed. Individuals with bleeding disorders have an increased risk of exposure to blood and blood products—particularly if traveling overseas to countries with less-developed healthcare systems.
In women whose primary bleeding symptom is heavy menstrual periods or excessive bleeding between periods (metrorrhagia), an oral contraceptive may be prescribed to help decrease the flow.
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