Information and advice for children and young people affected by aplastic anaemia

Welcome to MarrowKidz from The Aplastic Anaemia Trust. Here you can find resources for children and young people affected by aplastic anaemia - and for their families, friends and support networks. Select your age range above to browse information relevant to you.

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This factsheet is for young adults who need to take ciclosporin as part of their treatment for aplastic anaemia.

What is ciclosporin?

Ciclosporin is an ‘immunosuppressant’ medicine that might be given to you if you have aplastic anaemia.

Your bone marrow is like a factory where your stem cells are produced. These stem cells will develop into red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Your immune system works to fight off diseases, bacteria and viruses. In aplastic anaemia, the immune system can overreact and work against the bone marrow. This can result in the bone marrow not making enough of the stem cells you need. Ciclosporin works by suppressing (quietening down) your immune system for a while. This gives your bone marrow time to recover, heal and start making stem cells normally for you.

What’s in this factsheet?

This factsheet tells you all about taking ciclosporin, how you will be monitored to make sure it is working properly, and the side effects you might notice in your body while you are taking it.

You can view or download the factsheet as a PDF here: 

Ciclosporin(age group 17-25)

Or order it as a printed booklet here