Brand Names : Hydrea, Droxia
Hydroxyurea (hye-DROX-ee-yoo-REE-ah)belongs to the group of medicines
called antimetabolites. It is used to treat some kinds of cancer and to prevent
painful episodes associated with sickle cell anemia.
Hydroxyurea seems to interfere with the growth of cancer cells, which are
eventually destroyed. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected
by hydroxyurea, other effects will also occur. Some of these may be serious
and must be reported to your doctor. Other effects may not be serious but
may cause concern. Some effects may not occur for months or years after the
medicine is used.
When used in sickle cell anemia, hydroxyurea appears to increase the flexibility
of sickled cells.
Before you begin treatment with hydroxyurea, you and your doctor should
talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.
Hydroxyurea is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following
Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -