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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Hydrea (Overview)

Hydrea is a cancer agent.


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What is hydrea (hydroxyurea) usually used to treat?

What is hydrea (hydroxyurea) usually used to treat?

Many diseases: This antimetabolite has been used for >100yrs in treating benign & malignant conditions including sickle cell disease, essential thrombocytosis, p. Vera, cml, prostate cancer, psoriasis, & even aids. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Hydrea (Overview)

Hydrea is a cancer agent.


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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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Can muscle cramping be a side effect of taking hydroxyurea?

Can muscle cramping be a side effect of taking hydroxyurea?

Not commonly: It's not a common symptom of Hydroxyurea but Hydroxyurea can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and renal impairment which can cause muscle cramps. Not sure you have the above symptoms. ...Read more

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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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What is hydrea (hydroxyurea) usually used to treat?

Many diseases: This antimetabolite has been used for >100yrs in treating benign & malignant conditions including sickle cell disease, essential thrombocytosis, p. Vera, cml, prostate cancer, psoriasis, & even aids. ...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?

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

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

No: Truly homeopathic "medications" are made by repeated dilutions, so that the ingredient is not really in the medication anymore (just the "essence" of it remains). That means there is no active ingredient left to cause any benefit. However, that also implies that the homeopathic "medicine" should be pretty harmless, unless some other non-homeopathic ingredients were added. ...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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Can you tell me about hydroxyurea 500 mg availability?

Can you tell me about hydroxyurea 500 mg availability?

Available: 500mg oral tab of hydroxyurea is available in US. Is that your question?. The dosing of hydroxyurea, however, should be monitored by a doctor. ...Read more

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My dad has to take hydroxyurea. Why?

My dad has to take hydroxyurea. Why?

Blood disorder: My suspicion is that he has a blood disorder called a myeloproliferative neoplasm. His bone marrow is probably making too many of one or more cells. This medication treats this to prevent any complications of over production. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are hydroxyurea and clexane usually given together?

Depends on situation: What is the reason Hydroxyurea is being given? One use of Hydroxyurea is to treat resistant chronic myelocytic leukemia (cml, a cancer of white blood cells). Cancers increase risk of blood clots (dvt), which can be treated w enoxaparin (clexane) in such a case, both would be given. If in hospital, meds like enoxaparin can be used to prevent dvt.Other scenarios exist in which both could be used. ...Read more

Dr. Margaret Shipp
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Hydroxyurea (Definition)

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