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Dr. Margaret Shipp
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Hydroxyurea (Overview)

Hydroxyurea is a cancer agent.


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What does small amounts of hydroxyurea in blood mean?

What does small amounts of hydroxyurea in blood mean?

Treatment/exposure: Hydroxyurea is a drug used to treat certain blood disorders, some cancers, and HIV disease. If you not on this medicine you may be exposed to it in other ways such as handling it for a loved one. If neither is the case, please consult a healthcare provider asap. ...Read more

Dr. Margaret Shipp
235 doctors shared insights

Hydroxyurea (Overview)

Hydroxyurea is a cancer agent.


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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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Can we use hydroxyurea with sickle cell anemia patient?

Can we use hydroxyurea with sickle cell anemia patient?

HU in sickle cell: Certain patients with sickle cell can be helped by Hydroxyurea (hu). Initially, Hydroxyurea was thought to increase fetal hemoglobin levels (not carrying the sickle cell mutation), but more recently, hu has been shown to decrease high white blood cell counts which can lead to vaso-occlusive crises. Talk with your hematologist to see if hu is right for you. ...Read more

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Before 2 yrs old is Hydroxyurea safe for a e beta thallassemia child? She needs transfusion after every 45 days .Pls advice...

Before 2 yrs old is Hydroxyurea safe for a e beta thallassemia child? She needs transfusion after every 45 days .Pls advice...

Studies have shown…: benefits from use of hydroxyurea, even in children aged 2.6 and 3 years. Because of the child's age, I'm going to refer your question to a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. ...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 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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What are the effects of a sickle cell patient using hydroxyurea in the long term?

What are the effects of a sickle cell patient using hydroxyurea in the long term?

Side Effects: There are some serious, but rare, side effects with hydroxyurea, including secondary leukemia, pulmonary fibrosis, pancreatitis, and peripheral neuropathy, or damage to the nerves. Discuss the benefits of decreasing the severity and length of the sickle cell attacks, and the risk of rare side effects as above. ...Read more

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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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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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