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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking hydroxyurea (Droxia, Hydrea)?
You should not use hydroxyurea if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
To make sure you can safely take hydroxyurea, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
Using hydroxyurea may increase your risk of developing other types cancer or leukemia. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
This medication may affect fertility (your ability to have children), whether you are a man or a woman.
Hydroxyurea can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking hydroxyurea.
Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine.
How should I take hydroxyurea (Droxia, Hydrea)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of liquid per day while you are taking hydroxyurea. You may take the medicine with or without food.
Hydroxyurea is either taken once per day or once every third day, depending on the condition being treated. On each of your dosing days, take the medicine at the same time of day. Your doctor may also want you to take a folic acid supplement. Follow your doctor's instructions very carefully.
Wash your hands before and after you handle a hydroxyurea capsule or the bottle that contains the pills. For best protection, wear disposable gloves when handling the pills.
Do not open the hydroxyurea capsule. Do not use a pill that has been accidentally opened or broken. The medicine from an open capsule can be dangerous if it gets in your eyes, mouth, or nose, or on your skin. If this occurs, wash your skin with soap and water or rinse your eyes with water.
If any powder from an open capsule is spilled, wipe it up at once with a damp paper towel and throw the towel away in a sealed plastic bag where children and pets cannot get to it.
Hydroxyurea can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. Your blood will need to be tested often. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests. Visit your doctor regularly.
Use hydroxyurea regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using hydroxyurea.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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