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 19 9
Polycythemia vera 15 12
Sickle cell disease 10 3
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 3 0
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 1 0
Myelofibrosis 1 0

Show all 9 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
Severe
5
Moderate
6
Mild
5
None
8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyurea

Side effect Patients
Nausea 7
Fatigue 5
Hair loss 3
Balance problems 1
Brain fog 1
Chronic pain 1

Show all 21 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxyurea

Dosage Patients
500 mg daily 4
1,000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Hydroxyurea

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Other 3
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 15 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxyurea

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxyurea

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2

Stopped taking Hydroxyurea

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
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
Always 20
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 14
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Hydroxyurea and switched to:

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