Hydrea and/or Equivalent Hydroxyurea Prescription Information
Hydrea (Hydroxyurea) is also known as Hydroxycarbamide and is a Chemotherapy drug, which is used in the treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, some Pre-Cancerous Conditions and Cervical Cancer. It may also be used to treat some Blood Disorders, such as PV (where there are excessive red blood cells in the blood) and ET (where there are excessive platelets in the blood). Patients can buy Hydrea, which is a branded product or they can buy generic Hydrea, Hydroxyurea.
Cancer develops when cells in the body multiply abnormally and uncontrollably. They grow and spread as the cells multiply. Hydrea works by entering the mutant cells and altering their DNA, so that they are unable to grow and reproduce, thus preventing them from spreading.
Patients will be prescribed a tailored dosage by their physician, which will vary, depending on their physical condition and the type of illness being treated. The capsules are taken orally and should be swallowed with plenty of water. Alternatively, those who have trouble swallowing capsules can empty the contents of the capsule into a glass of water and drink it immediately. Patients should ensure that they take their capsules at the right time every day and must not miss any doses. Hydrea will usually be taken as part of a course of chemotherapy over a number of months and may be used in conjunction with other treatments. The patient's physician will draw up a treatment program based on the intensity and type of cancer or blood disorder they have.
Hydrea can reduce the body's resistance to infection, as it lowers the number of white blood cells in the body. This is usually at its worst 10-14 days after the treatment. Other side effects may include unexplained bruising or bleeding, such as nosebleeds; anemia, which can cause tiredness and breathlessness and raised uric acid in the blood, which can lead to gout. Patients may also suffer from nausea and vomiting, sore mouth, taste changes, tiredness, hair loss, diarrhea, skin changes, fever and chills.
Taking Hydrea (Hydroxyurea) can affect fertility. In addition, it is advisable to take precautions against becoming pregnant or fathering a child whilst taking the drug and for several months afterwards, as it could harm the fetus. Similarly, women should not breastfeed while taking Hydrea. The elderly, anyone with significantly decreased kidney function or gout and patients who are taking antiretrovirals for HIV, should take Hydrea with caution.
Patients can buy International & Canadian Hydrea (Hydroxyurea) in 500 mg capsules, which are colored either pink and green or white. The capsules should be stored in their original container, at room temperature, away from sources of heat, light and moisture.
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