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How Long Can You Safely Take Hydrea
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ET: When deciding whether to recommend hydrea, 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 can reduce need for transfusions and patients may have less pain crises, chest sydrome and other complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have sickle cell anemia and everyday iam constantly in pain and feel tired. I have been taking hydrea but is there anything else i could do?
My sympatrhy: Unfortunately no other treatments are yet available. ...Read more
I am on hydrea. I have an increase wbc, pain across my lower back, fatigue, occa. Sharp pain in my abdomen, nausea, and chills. Is this an emergency?
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