Hydrea is a prescription medication that works by affecting cancerous and sickled red blood cells. It is used to treat various cancers including melanoma, chronic myelocytic leukemia, and primary squamous cell (skin) cancer of the head and neck. It is also used in the treatment of sickle cell anemia.
Hydrea capsules should be stored at room temperature in an area that is protected from heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
Before taking this medication, notify your doctor if you have poor bone marrow function, liver disease, or kidney disease, as your dosage may have to be adjusted for appropriate treatment.
When handling this medication, it is advisable to wear gloves and wash hands before and after handling capsules. This medication may lower you ability to fight off infection, which may make it easier for you to get sick or bleed from injury.
Take Hydrea exactly as prescribed for you by your health care professional. When taking Hydrea, follow the directions on your prescription label. Be extremely cautious when handling Hydrea capsules, as the medicine inside can cause considerable harm to your skin, eyes, mouth and nose.
Hydrea should not be taken if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as it can cause considerable harm to an unborn child.
Severe side effects include: pinpoint red spots on your skin; red patches, skin ulcers, or darkened skin (especially on your legs or feet); fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; diarrhea; white patches or sores ins
Common side effects include: constipation; skin rash; itching; leg sores; redness of the face; hair loss; drowsiness; headache; or dizziness.