G6PD deficiency

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G6PD deficiency can cause haemolysis and anaemia. Learn what this has to do with blood, the problems it can cause and what medicines you should avoid.

Key points

  • G6PD is an enzyme that helps protect red blood cells.
  • Most people who have G6PD deficiency are healthy, but sometimes fever or certain medicines and foods can break down their red blood cells (haemolysis) and cause anaemia.
  • Your child with G6PD deficiency should avoid certain medicines and foods.
  • Tell your pharmacist, nurse and doctor that your child has G6PD deficiency.
  • If your child has symptoms of anaemia, call your family doctor or take your child to the nearest Emergency Department.
Last updated: November 6th 2009