Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia is a blood disorder that occurs when a medicine triggers the body's defense (immune) system to attack its own red blood cells. This causes red blood cells to break down earlier than normal.
Immune hemolytic anemia secondary to drugs; Anemia - immune hemolytic - secondary to drugs
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
In some cases, a drug can cause the immune system to mistakenly think your own red blood cells are dangerous, foreign substances.
Drugs that can cause this type of hemolytic anemia include:
- Cephalosporins (a class of antibiotics)
- Penicillin and its derivatives
- Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
There are many other rarer causes of drug-induced hemolytic anemia. This includes hemolytic anemia associated with
Drug-induced hemolytic anemia is rare in children.