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What Is Hydroxyurea Used For

What Is Hydroxyurea Used For

What Is Hydroxyurea Used For

Hydroxyurea is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia, ovarian cancer, and certain types of skin cancer (squamous cell cancer of the head and neck). Hydroxyurea is also used to reduce pain episodes and the need for blood transfusions in people with sickle cell anemia.

HAT IS HYDROXYUREA (DROXIA, HYDREA)?

Hydroxyurea affects certain cells in the body, such as cancer cells or sickled red blood cells.

Hydroxyurea is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia, ovarian cancer, and certain types of skin cancer (squamous cell cancer of the head and neck).

Hydroxyurea is also used to reduce pain episodes and the need for blood transfusions in people with sickle cell anemia. Hydroxyurea will not cure sickle cell anemia.

Hydroxyurea may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How will I know that hydroxyurea is working?

You will not feel better right away, because it takes a few months for hydroxyurea to start working. If you take it once a day every

day, then you will eventually notice that you feel better and have fewer problems like pain. Your doctors can also see changes in

your lab work that shows the medication is working. There are a few people who won’t respond, so the medication doesn’t help.

But, you should try the hydroxyurea for at least six months before stopping It.

HOW SHOULD I TAKE HYDROXYUREA (DROXIA, HYDREA)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Drink 8 to 10 glasses of liquid per day while you are taking hydroxyurea. You may take the medicine with or without food.Hydroxyurea is either taken once per day or once every third day, depending on the condition being treated. On each of your dosing days,

Side Effects:

Important things to remember about the side effects of Hydrea:

  • Most people do not experience all of the side effects listed.
  • Side effects are often predictable in terms of their onset and duration.
  • Side effects are almost always reversible and will go away after treatment is complete.
  • There are many options to help minimize or prevent side effects.
  • There is no relationship between the presence or severity of side effects and the effectiveness of the medication.
  • The side effects of Hydrea and their severity depend on how much of the drug is given.  In other words, high doses may produce more severe side effects.

Precautions

See also Warning section.

This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, blood/bone marrow disorders (such as bone marrow suppression, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia), HIV infection, high uric acid level in the blood, radiation treatment.

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Is hydroxyurea the only treatment for sickle cell disease?

Hydroxyurea is the only non-invasive option at this time. Chronic red blood cell transfusions have been used for many yearsto treat severe problems of sickle cell disease; however, this introduces the slim but still real chance of transfusion-acquiredHIV or Hepatitis C as well as other problems such as iron overload with liver and heart damage. Also, bone marrow or stem celltransplantation (replacing a patient’s bone marrow with normal bone marrow) can cure sickle cell disease, but requires a suitabledonor and can be associated with many severe complications.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised June 2018. Copyright(c) 2018 First Databank, Inc.

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