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Hydroxyurea Information

Hydroxyurea Benefits & Uses

Hydroxyurea is used to treat the following -

Hydroxyurea Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Hydroxyurea


Hydroxyurea Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Hydroxyurea is used -

  1. Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils)
  2. Maculopapular rash
  3. Nausea or vomiting
  4. Gastrointestinal discomfort
  5. Chills
  6. Skin Discolouration दुर्लभ
  7. Fever सामान्य
  8. Bleeding दुर्लभ
  9. Mouth ulcer दुर्लभ
  10. Constipation Moderate
  11. Erythema
  12. Edema दुर्लभ
  13. Cough सामान्य
  14. Back Pain सामान्य
  15. Pain with urination
  16. Infection
  17. Weight gain
  18. Anemia Severe
  19. Headache Severe

Hydroxyurea Related Warnings

Is the use of Hydroxyurea safe for pregnant women?

Hydroxyurea has many dangerous side effects in pregnant women. If you are pregnant, do not consume Hydroxyurea without medical advice.


Is the use of Hydroxyurea safe during breastfeeding?

Women who are breastfeeding, may experience serious side effects after taking Hydroxyurea. So it is adviced to consult the doctor before using it.


What is the effect of Hydroxyurea on the Kidneys?

Hydroxyurea can have moderate side effects on the kidney. If you notice any harmful effects, stop taking this drug right away. Consult your doctor before using this medicine again.


What is the effect of Hydroxyurea on the Liver?

The liver can be affected by Hydroxyurea. If you experience any unwanted effects of this drug, stop taking it and consult your doctor. You should restart Hydroxyurea only after medical advice.


What is the effect of Hydroxyurea on the Heart?

Hydroxyurea has very mild side effects on the heart.


Severe Interaction of Hydroxyurea with Other Drugs

Hydroxyurea should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Hydroxyurea Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Hydroxyurea unless your doctor advises you to do so -

  1. Anemia
  2. Neutropenia
  3. Blood Cancer
  4. Kidney Disease
  5. Infertility

Frequently asked Questions about Hydroxyurea

Is this Hydroxyurea habit forming or addictive?

No, there is no any evidence that Hydroxyurea is addictive.


Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

No, you should do not do anything that requires concentration and attention as the Hydroxyurea can make you feel drowsy.


Is it safe?

Hydroxyurea should be used only after doctor's advice.

Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise

Is it able to treat mental disorders?

No, Hydroxyurea is not used to treat mental disorders.


Hydroxyurea Interactions with Food and Alcohol

Interaction between Food and Hydroxyurea

It is safe to take Hydroxyurea with food.


Interaction between Alcohol and Hydroxyurea

Due to lack of research, nothing can be said about side effects of consuming alcohol while taking Hydroxyurea.

This medicine data has been created by -
Dr. Md Saadullah
M.Pharma, Pharmacy
3 Years of Experience
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Dr. Vikas Chauhan
B.Pharma, Pharmacy
2 Years of Experience
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