Chemical Name: HYDROXYUREA (hye-DROX-ee-yoo-REE-ah)
Hydroxyurea is an antineoplastic used to treat certain types of cancer. It may also be used to treat sickle cell anemia and other conditions as determined by your doctor.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Hydroxyurea provided by your doctor. If you have difficulty swallowing, empty the contents of the capsule into a glass of water and drink immediately. DRINKING EXTRA FLUIDS while you are taking Hydroxyurea is recommended. Check with your doctor or nurse for instructions. IF NAUSEA, VOMITING, OR LOSS OF APPETITE OCCURS, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for ways to lessen these effects. STORE Hydroxyurea at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Hydroxyurea, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT take 2 doses at once.
KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are being treated with Hydroxyurea. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Hydroxyurea. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to Hydroxyurea. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Hydroxyurea LOWERS YOUR RESISTANCE to infection. To prevent infection, avoid contact with people who have colds or other infections. Do not touch your eyes or the inside of your nose unless you have thoroughly washed your hands first. Hydroxyurea MAY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BLOOD CELLS NEEDED FOR CLOTTING. To prevent bleeding, avoid situations where bruising or injury may occur. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE HAVING IMMUNIZATIONS (VACCINATIONS) while you are using Hydroxyurea. Hydroxyurea HAS BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE HARM to the human fetus. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Hydroxyurea during pregnancy. Hydoxyurea IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking Hydroxyurea.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include nausea, loss of appetite, constipation, drowsiness, redness of the face, or hair loss. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience skin rash, vomiting, diarrhea, unusual bruising or bleeding, sores on the mouth or lips, painful urination, lower back or abdominal pain, blood in the urine, persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, or sore throat. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include facial swelling, hallucinations, and confusion.
DO NOT SHARE Hydroxyurea with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Hydroxyurea for other health conditions. KEEP Hydroxyurea out of the reach of children. IF USING Hydroxyurea FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.