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US Brand Name Hydrea
Generic Name Hydroxyurea
Other Brand Name Cytodrox
Manufacturer CIPLA
Packing 10
Form Cap
Strength 500 mg

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Introduction

Generic Hydox or Hydroxyurea belongs to anti-cancer drugs and is categorized as anti-metabolite due to the fact that it acts by inhibiting the synthesis of DNA. The medication is recommended for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia or MCL. The medication slows or stops the growth of cancer cells in the body. This drug can also be used in combination with other anti-cancer drug for the treatment of cancer. The length of this drug treatment usually depends on the patient’s response to the drug and the type of cancer from which the patient is suffering.


Use

Generic Hydox is primarily used in the treatment of cancer and is found effective in the treatment of skin cancer, cancer of the ovaries and cancer of the white blood cells, which is also known as leukaemia. Hydox works by interfering with the cancer cells growth. The medication can also be used with radiotherapy or radiation treatment that is carried out for specific types of skin cancer patients. Other conditions that can be treated with this medication include polycythemia vera, ovary and cervix melanoma, sickle cell diseases and carcinoma of the head and neck.


Side effects

Generic Hydox might cause drop in the level of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The decrease in the level of red blood cells will make the people feel tired and week as red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients around the body. Decrease in the level of white blood cells put people at the higher risk of infections like cold, cough ad flu. The decrease in the platelets level increases the risk of bleeding more than usual. Patients in case of unusual bruising or bleeding should immediately consult the doctor. Some of the other side effects anticipated with this medication include diarrhea, headache, rashes, nausea, and ulcers. The medication is also reported to cause dizziness and tiredness.


storage

Generic Hydox must be stored in a cool, dry place and must be kept away from the reach of children. Expired medications must not be used and the unused medicine must be returned to the clinic, hospital or pharmacy for disposal.


Composition

Generic Hydox contains active Ingredient hydroxyurea.


Important Precautions

Patients prescribed with generic Hydox must taken the medicine strictly under doctor supervision as regular blood tests have to be done to check the body’s response to the medication. Vaccinations must only be taken with the doctor’s permission and patients need to notify their doctor if they are suffering from any of the following problems: • Liver disease • Kidney disease • Bone marrow disorders • High uric acid level • Pregnant • Lactating mothers People suffering from any of these conditions need to notify their doctor so that they are advised with the right treatment and dosage.


Dosage and administration

Generic Hydox or Hydroxyurea must be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor and the dosage of the medication must not be increased or decreased unless advised from the doctor. The medication is usually recommended to be taken on empty stomach or at least one to two hours after a meal. The patients are advised to swallow a Hydox capsule along with a glass of water.


Clinical performance

The clinical efficacy and performance of the generic Hydox is studied undr different cases and conditions and the medication has shown quite positive and effective results in majority of the cases. The medication is found effective in treatment of sickle cell anemia in children and is found to be an effective and inexpensive treatment for people with limited resources. To address the concerns of generic Hydox the capsules from eight different pharmaceutical sources were analyzed and all the eight samples had measured values within the 20% of expected results and no significant differences were observed.