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purpura on lower arms
Posted by: maureen shea
Date: November 26, 2000 9:33 PM

Besides warfarin, and gold treatments, are there any other medications such as Celebrex that may cause a person to have occasional purpura on either or both lower arms or should I be seeing my MD for a platelet count. I have no other symptoms and work a 40 hr work week.

RE: purpura on lower arms
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 27, 2000 6:53 PM

Many medications can cause easy brusability (purpura). Always consult the doctor who prescibes a medication to learn the side effects, or look them up for yourself. Call that person's office and ask your question. Any abnormal bruising or bleeding should be evaluated for cause as it may represent a danger to your life in terms of vascular accidents and bleeding.

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