What is hydroxyurea (HU)?
Hydroxyurea is a medicine that has been shown to be effective in treating some patients with Sickle Cell Disease. It is the only FDA approved medicine for the treatment of sickle cell disease in adults. Strong evidence supports the effectiveness of hydroxyurea in decreasing severe painful episodes, hospitalizations, number of blood transfusions, and acute chest pain. Although the evidence for efficacy of hydroxyurea treatment for children is not as strong, the emerging data is very encouraging.
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