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How long can you safely take hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

How long can you safely take hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

Risks vs. Benefits: Hydroxyurea is used to treat sickle cell anemia and some leukemias (blood cancers). As will most medications, there is no official time limit. A medicine that is helpful, is doing a good job, has no equal alternative, and thus is needed, can be used until it is no longer needed. The doctor can explain the risks of "not treating" and of drug side effects, versus the benefits of using hydroxyurea. ...Read more

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Dr. Margaret Shipp
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Can homeopathy bring additional benefits to thalassemic patients on hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

Can homeopathy bring additional benefits to thalassemic patients on hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

Yes, actually: This is an area of active study -- and so far has positive results. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2816384/ in this publication, 38 thalassemic patients on Hydroxyurea therapy were given individualized homeopathic remedies. There was a significant decrease in the serum ferritin, and an increase in fetal hemoglobin levels in the combined, treated subjects. Splenomegaly decreased too. ...Read more

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I have (et) how high can platelets get before you recommend meds like hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

I have (et) how high can platelets get before you recommend meds like hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

ET: When deciding whether to recommend hydrea, (hydroxyurea) the md takes into account patient's age, underlying cardiovascular risk factors, ; prior history of blood clots. The number of platelets is irrelevant if a patient is otherwise healthy. I have plenty of patients with platelet counts around 1 million. Look for an article from blood journal called "how i treat essential thrombocythemia" for a good summary. ...Read more

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Can hydrea (hydroxyurea) be used to help children with sickle cell disease?

Can hydrea (hydroxyurea) be used to help children with sickle cell disease?

Yes: In the treatment of sickle-cell disease, hydroxycarbamide increases the concentration of fetal hemoglobin. The precise mechanism of action is not yet clearbut it seems to activate of gammaglobin synthesis necessary for fetal hemoglobin. This stops the rapidly growing cells that turn into sickle cells. ...Read more

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Could hydrea (hydroxyurea) possibly help children with sickle cell disease?

Yes: Hydre increases a type of hemoglobin called fetal hemoglobin in sicle cell patients and this prevents the sickle cells from breaking up easily. Hydrea (hydroxyurea) can reduce need for transfusions and patients may have less pain crises, chest sydrome and other complications. ...Read more

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What can I do to alleviate fatigue from essential thrombocythemia and hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

Discuss it with Dr: Fatigue is subjective? Age? How much fatigued ? What is your hemoglobin (red cell), white cell and platelet counts? Hydroxyurea is used to reduce the platelet number and might reduce as a side effect the hemoglobin and/or the white cells. There are newer mediations which might be used. Go and discuss the problem with your oncologist, who knows you better than me! do not hesitate to go and ask. ...Read more

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How long can a patient take hydroxyurea for primary essential thrombocytosis?

As long as it works: This medication has been studied for a long time. There has been no reported cases of secondary cancers directly related to hydrea (hydroxyurea). It just needs to be monitored, as you know. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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