Hemophilia

The following information will help answer some of your questions about hemophilia. It will also provide information about medications used to treat this condition.

BriovaRx hemophilia care team

With BriovaRx, you'll have the support of our dedicated hemophilia care team. You'll work exclusively with an assigned team of four experts who will get to know you and your specific needs. Whether you need to schedule a refill, order supplies or get support for a side effect or bleed episode, your team will be there for you. You can even meet your team face-to-face with a BriovaLive video consult.

Call our hemophilia care team at 855-855-8754.

What is hemophilia?

Hemophilia (hee-mo-FEEL-ee-ya) is a bleeding disorder in which the blood doesn't clot properly. People born with hemophilia sometimes can't stop bleeding on their own. Bleeding can sometimes happen without any injuries. Bleeding in people with hemophilia can continue for a long time — so long, that it may cause damage to your body, or be dangerous to your health.

There are two main types of hemophilia:

  • Hemophilia A (classic hemophilia): A person is missing or has low levels of a specific blood clotting protein called Factor VIII (i.e. Factor 8). Hemophilia A is the most common type of hemophilia.
  • Hemophilia B (Christmas disease): A person is missing or has low levels of a specific blood clotting protein called Factor IX (i.e. Factor 9).

What causes hemophilia?

Hemophilia is passed down genetically from parents to children. It generally affects only males. Hemophilia is caused by a change in one of the genes that provides instructions for making the clotting factor proteins needed to form a blood clot. Most of the time, the faulty gene is passed down from the mother to the son. However, in about one out of three cases, hemophilia can happen due to a random change in the gene without any family history of the disorder.

How is hemophilia treated?

The best way to treat hemophilia is to replace the missing blood clotting factor with factor replacement therapy. This will help the blood to clot and stop the bleeding. Factor products can be used when a person has an active bleed ("on-demand") or on a regular basis to prevent bleeds ("prophylaxis").

There are two main types of clotting factors: plasma-derived and recombinant. Plasma-derived factor products are made from human blood. Recombinant factor products aren't made from human blood.

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