Oxyurea Is a medication used in reducing the number of painful crises caused by the disease – sickle cell anemia and also the need for blood transfusions. Oxyurea is used in treating certain types of cancer such as chronic myelogenous leukemia, squamous cell carcinomas, carcinoma of the ovary, and other purposes unlisted here.
What are the side effects of Oxyurea?
Possible side effects of Oxyurea include:
• Hair loss or alopecia
• Gastrointestinal disturbances
• Increased skin pigmentation
• Cutaneous atrophy
• Plantar keratoderma
• Pseudo dermatomyositis
• Mouth ulceration
• Other unlisted effects
Some of these effects may not be detectible without a proper medical examination, but if you notice any changes in your body or effects that persist, do not hesitate to inform your doctor.
When should I not use Oxyurea?
Do not use Oxyurea if you are/have:
• Hypersensitive to Oxyurea
• Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
• Marked bone marrow depression
Oxyurea may also interact with over-the-counter medications and possibly worsen the side effects of Oxyurea, thus always inform your doctor of any over-the-counter medications you may be using. Oxyurea may also interact with these drugs or procedures:
• Radiation therapy
What is the active ingredient in Oxyurea?
Oxyurea contains the active ingredient hydroxyl urea at 500mg per capsule.
Is Oxyurea safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Oxyurea is not safe for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is very important that you discuss all medications you may be using during pregnancy with your doctor or pharmacist.
How do I use Oxyurea?
Make sure to read the medication guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication. Oxyurea is to be used by mouth with or without food as your doctor directs.
The dosage of Oxyurea is determined based on your body weight, medical condition and laboratory results, and your response to treatment. Do not change your dosage without consulting your doctor.
Capsules are to be swallowed whole and not crushed or chewed. Only split tablets with a scoreline present.
Oxyurea may be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, thus, as a precaution, breastfeeding or pregnant women should not handle Oxyurea.