What is Hydroxyurea?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Hydrea Droxia

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Hydroxyurea is an antineoplastic drug used in the treatment of cancer that suppresses the production of blood cell precursors in the bone marrow. It is also used in the treatment of certain leukemias, carcinomas, HIV, and sickle cell anemia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Essential thrombocythemia 22 11
Polycythemia vera 19 16
Sickle cell disease 10 3
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 3 0
Chronic myeloid leukemia 1 1
Enlarged spleen 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 6
Moderate 11
Mild 5
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyurea

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 8
Fatigue 6
Hair loss 4
Brain fog 2
Hair thinning 2
Anxious mood 1

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxyurea

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg daily 3
1000 mg daily 1
1500 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Hydroxyurea

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 6
Course of treatment ended 4
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 4
Other 3
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 18 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxyurea

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxyurea

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Hydroxyurea

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 25
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 18
Not specified 11

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxyurea after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methotrexate (Trexall) 1

Patients stopped taking Hydroxyurea and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amiloride 1
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Thalidomide 1
Warfarin (Coumadin) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Hydroxyurea.