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My mom was prescribed mylocel (hydroxyurea). How does that work?

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Dr. Ashkan Lashkari
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Antimetabolite

Mylocel, or hydroxyurea, is a form of chemotherapy that works to lower blood counts particularly in patients with leukemia such as chronic myelogenous leukemia and myeloproliferative disorders including polycythemia rubra vera and essential thrombocytosis.
Short term side effects may include nausea, hair loss, diarrhea, poor appetite, and nail thickening. Long term effects may include infertility.

In brief: Antimetabolite

Mylocel, or hydroxyurea, is a form of chemotherapy that works to lower blood counts particularly in patients with leukemia such as chronic myelogenous leukemia and myeloproliferative disorders including polycythemia rubra vera and essential thrombocytosis.
Short term side effects may include nausea, hair loss, diarrhea, poor appetite, and nail thickening. Long term effects may include infertility.
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Mylocel is also used for patients with sickle cell disease.
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