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Hydrea (Hydroxyurea (Hydroxycarbamide))

Hydrea (Hydroxyurea Hydroxycarbamide))

Product Name Price Qty    
500mg Capsule

(℞) Prescription required.

Generic equivalents for Hydrea

Hydroxyurea (Hydroxycarbamide)
500mg Capsule

(℞) Prescription required.

Availability: In stock



Hydrea Description

Hydrea is a cancer-fighting antineoplastic medication that kills abnormal cells in the body. It comes packaged as a pill, and should be swallowed whole with or without food. It is also available in its generic form, under the name Hydroxyurea. You will need a valid prescription to start taking it. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.

The Aim of Hydrea

Cancers form when some cells within the body multiply uncontrollably and abnormally. The exact way in which Hydrea works is through a series of events that result in the inactivation of a particular enzyme, which interferes with DNA synthesis so cell growth is inhibited, as is any possibility of repairing the damage to the DNA. Hydrea has recently been found to increase the level of fetal hemoglobin that has led to a reduction in the painful complications that can occur in adults and adolescents with sickle cell.

Conditions Treated by Hydrea

Hydrea is prescribed to treat cancers of the skin, ovaries, neck, or head. These include certain types of leukemia (chronic myeloid leukemia), as well as squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas. The drug may also be used for managing a blood disorder called sickle cell anemia, which causes red blood cells to become rigid and ineffective. In either case, Hydrea will target the abnormal cancer or sickle cells and kill them so that healthy cells can flourish.

Before You Take Hydrea

Hydrea may increase the risk of other cancers, so you will want to discuss the potential advantages and disadvantages with your doctor before starting Hydrea. Ask your doctor about any harmful effects of taking Hydrea while you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Disclose any health concerns you have and list all medications you currently take or use.

Precautions for Hydrea

Hydrea can also affect normal, healthy cells, particularly those that multiply quickly, such as normal healthy blood cells. The resulting decrease in the production of white blood cells may cause patients to become more susceptible to infection. Regular blood tests are needed to monitor the levels of blood cells during treatment.

Possible Side Effects of Hydrea

  • Hair loss
  • Skin irritation and/or peeling
  • Stomach upset including constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling in the hands or feet