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 98 14
Polycythemia vera 77 16
Sickle cell disease 60 3
Myelofibrosis 19 0
Acute myeloid leukemia 10 0
Acute promyelocytic leukemia 3 0

Show all 14 reasons taken


  • 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 12
Mild 5
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyurea

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 8
Fatigue 7
Hair loss 4
Brain fog 2
Hair thinning 2
Anxious mood 1

Show all 27 reported side effects

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 - 2 years 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 28
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 5
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 18
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxyurea after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Interferon alfa-2b (Intron A) 1
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 1

Patients stopped taking Hydroxyurea and switched to:

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