hydroxyurea (Hydrea, Droxia)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Additionally, Droxia (hydroxyurea 200 mg, 300 mg, and 400 mg capsules) is used to reduce the reoccurrence of painful crises and the need for blood transfusions in certain adult patients with sickle cell anemia.

In some cases, hydroxyurea may also be used to treat psoriasis.

SIDE EFFECTS: Known side effects include:

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS:

  • Hydrea: 500 mg capsules. Hydrea is used an antineoplastic agent.
  • Droxia: 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg capsules. Droxia is used to treat sickle cell disease.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/9/2015

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