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How drugs and alcohol affect thrombocyte levels

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I have recently been diagnosed with ITP (low blood platelets) and am receiving treatment. My question is how does smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol effect this condition? Specifically, the smoking of marijuana, as I can't seem to find an answer online. I've found studies that in healthy people who smoke vs. don't smoke it, it only marginally lowers them, but not with people who have ITP. Can you please let me know the honest side-effects, etc.? Thank you.

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replied December 14th, 2009
Blood Disorders Answer A8488
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad to help you.

You would like to know whether smoking marijuana and drinking may affect the number of the thrombocytes.

Thrombocytes are usually decreased due to two reasons: when there is increased usage of the thrombocytes in the coagulation or when their production is decreased. Smoking affects the blood platelets count by decreasing it as well as the marijuana. Drinking affects the liver, which is included in the production of four factors of coagulation. If the liver starts to lower its function, the ITP symptoms may be emphasized due to the lowered production of those four factors of coagulation.

According to the data that you provided, you experience ITP. You may consider quitting smoking marijuana and drinking. You may also consider seeing a hematologist for further advice about the treatment options of ITP.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact you doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as a hematologist for further advice.

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