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What is hemin? How is it used?

Hemin is a fraction derived from processed red blood cells. It is a salt which inhibits the production of a chemical compounds called porphyrins.
 
Porphryias are a rare group of disorders in which the porphyrins that the body produces are not broken down effectively and so these begin to build up. Porphyria is usually a hereditary disease. It can lead to symptoms such as light sensitivity which causes rashes, abdominal pain or cramping or problems with the nervous or muscular system.
 
A treatment for porphyria is the administration of hemin. This is done so as to reduce the porphyrins in the body to normal levels. Hemin can only be used under a doctor's care and can only be given intravenously. Because hemin is a fraction derived from processed red blood cells, each patient
 
As hemin is a fraction derived from processed red blood cells, this is a product about which each person would need to make their own decision.

 

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