What is Hydrea?
hydroxyurea is a prescription drug sold under the brand name Hydrea.
hydrea uses treat psoriasis, chronic myelogenous leukemia (a cancer of the white blood cells), ovarian cancer, melanoma (a form of skin cancer), and certain head and neck cancers.
The hydrea 500 mg capsule also helps people with sickle cell anemia (an inherited blood disorder) by reducing the frequency of painful sickle cell crisis episodes and the need for blood transfusions.
Major & minor Hydrea side Effect
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Loss of appetite.
- Weight gain.
- Sores in the mouth or throat.
- Pale skin.
- Mild dizziness.
Hydroxyurea contains a black-box warning because it can cause a severe drop in the number of blood cells in your bone marrow. This can increase your risk of a serious infection or bleeding.
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms while taking hydroxyurea:
- Fever, sore throat, cough, congestion, or other signs of infection
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Vomit that’s bloody or looks like coffee grounds
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
Try to avoid contact with people who have infections or colds while taking this drug.
Don’t receive any vaccinations while taking hydroxyurea without first talking to your doctor.
The hydrea 500 mg capsule also contains a black-box warning because the medicine may increase your chance of developing other cancers.
Some people have reported skin cancer or secondary leukemia after taking hydroxyurea.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Change in the appearance of a mole
- A new growth on the skin
- Any unusual skin changes
Before taking hydroxyurea, tell your doctor if you have, or have had:
- Severe bone marrow depression
- Low white blood cell counts
- Low blood platelet levels
- Severe anemia or another blood disorder
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Allergies to medicines
Symptoms of a hydroxyurea dosage may include:
- Pain, redness, swelling, or scaling on the hands and feet
- Sores in the mouth and throat
- Darkening of the skin
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at 800-222-1222.
Missed Dose of Hydroxyurea
If you miss a dose of hydroxyurea, take it as soon as you remember.
But skip the missed dose if it’s almost time for your next scheduled dose.
Don’t take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.