is classified as a chemotherapy drug and its main function is to slow down the growth of cancer
Hydroxyurea is used to treat a wide variety of conditions including cancer of the ovary
, melanoma, cancer of the head, cancer of the neck, chronic myelocytic leukemia
and sickle cell anemia
. This works by affecting certain cells in the body primarily sickled red blood cells
and some cancer cells.
Hydroxyurea can also be used to treat other conditions not stated earlier. For more information, ask a doctor.
Hydroxyurea should be taken by anyone who experiences any of the illnesses stated above but should only take it according to how the doctor would specify. This should only be taken with careful advise from a doctor. Before taking this medication, the doctor should have a good background about the patient’s medical history particularly if a patient has already had kidney
disease or bone
This medication has already been declared as one that could cause harm to an unborn baby thus, pregnant women should never take this drug. Furthermore, this can get into a mother’s system and into breast
milk. With that, lactating mothers should not take this drug.
It has also been said that older people may be more susceptible to the side effects of this drug. With that, be sure to only take it as the doctor says.
The dosage of this drug is case specific. With that, only take this drug as the doctor specifies. Not following the doctor’s instructions on how to take this drug would easily bring about some side effects.
Make sure to follow each dose with a full glass of water. This drug can also be taken on an empty stomach
or just after eating.
When taking this drug, make sure to handle these with care. If it breaks, the powder can cause you harm if it gets in direct physical contact with you. Since that is so, make sure to wash hands after handling the capsules.
There might be times wherein swallowing
the capsule would be difficult. If that is the case, make sure to contact a doctor immediately. Most likely, one would be instructed to break the capsule into a glass of water and since this drug can cause other injuries, make sure that the powder inside does not get in physical contact with anyone. Also ensure that all remnants are cleaned right after.
Some mild side effects of this drug would include itching
sores, skin rash, hair loss
, redness in various areas, headache
If one would experience any allergic reactions
after taking this drug, make sure to seek medical help immediately. Some known serious side effects of this drug would be red patches on skin, loss of appetite
, flu and weakness. If any of these would be brought about by taking hydroxyurea, make sure to seek medical help as soon as possible.
Simple day-to-day vitamins, minerals, supplements and drugs intended to cure other conditions can interact with hydroxyurea. Let the doctor know if ever hydroxyurea would have to be taken with any other substances.
When on this drug, avoid contact with any viruses such as people with colds or flu or getting a live vaccine. Viruses are not welcome into the system when on hydroxyurea but if any of them would get in, call the doctor immediately.
Hydroxyurea has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of hydroxyurea is CH4N2O2
• Hydroxyurea available : 500mg capsules