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hydroxyurea

Hydroxycarbamide, also known as hydroxyurea, is a medication used in sickle-cell disease, chronic myelogenous leukemia, cervical cancer, and polycythemia vera. In sickle-cell disease it decreases the number of attacks. It is taken by mouth.

Hydroxyurea (hydroxycarbamate, Hydrea®) is a chemo drug that has helped some patients with CMML live longer. This drug comes as a capsule that's taken by mouth daily. It can bring the numbers of white blood cells and monocytes down to normal. It may also help shrink an enlarged spleen. Because the main effect of hydroxyurea is to lower blood counts, anyone taking this drug will have their blood counts checked regularly. Other side effects are usually mild and easily tolerated. Some patients have stayed on this drug for years without problems.

What Hydroxyurea Is Used For:

Chronic myeloid leukemia

Essential thrombocytosis and polycythemia vera

Head and neck cancer (used with radiation therapy)

Melanoma

Refractory ovarian cancer (ovarian cancer that has not responded or progressed after standard therapy).

Note:  If a drug has been approved for one use, physicians may elect to use this same drug for other problems if they believe it may be helpful.

How Hydroxyurea Is Given:

Hydroxyurea is a pill, taken by mouth.

Take Hydroxyurea exactly as prescribed.

Hydroxyurea may be dissolved in water.

The amount of Hydroxyurea that you will receive depends on many factors, including your height and weight, your general health or other health problems, and the type of cancer or condition being treated.  Your doctor will determine your dose and schedule.

Which children should take hydroxyurea?

We consider hydroxyurea for children with sickle cell disease who have had:

• Many painful events,

• Several cases of acute chest syndrome (pneumonia),

• Severe anemia, or

• Other special problems with their internal organs.

How does hydroxyurea work?

Red blood cells contain hemoglobin. Hemoglobin helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. People with normal hemoglobin have mostly Hemoglobin A in their red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have mostly sickle or Hemoglobin S (Hb S) in their red blood cells. Hb S is an abnormal type of hemoglobin. In people with sickle cell disease, Hb S causes the red blood cells to change from a round shape to a sickle or banana shape. Also, Hb S causes the red blood cells to become rigid and sticky. This leads to blockage of blood fl ow to important body organs, muscles, and tissues.

hydroxyurea safe?

Hydroxyurea was fi rst used as a treatment for cancer. It is a powerful medicine. But hydroxyurea is given at a much lower dose to children with sickle cell disease. No serious side effects have been seen in children with sickle cell disease. The dose used in the treatment of sickle cell disease does not cause the usual side effects seen with cancer treatment. It does not cause hair loss, vomiting, weakness, or loss of appetite. Many children with sickle cell disease have taken hydroxyurea for several years without problems. Hydroxyurea is very safe when given by medical specialists experienced in caring for patients with sickle cell disease.

How to take hydroxyurea

All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

Hydroxyurea side effects

  • stomach pain
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite

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