... started me on Hydroxyurea 5 weeks ago. Today was my third blood draw, and my platelets are still over 800. Does anyone know how long it takes for the medicine to start bringing the numbers down? I have also been phlebotomized once during this time, and will be tomorrow as well. I was prescribed 500mg a day, then after being phlebotomized , they upped it to 1000 mg a day. Needless to say, I am very discouraged. Any info is greatly appreciated
Hi Cindy. I was diagnosed with PV in 2013. After many ThPhlebotomies, my Doc started me on Hydroxyurea 500mg/day about a year ago. The impact on hemetocrit levels was immediate (came down to 42/43) and then started rising again within 6 months. Since the platelet count did not go down alarmingly, the prescription was upped to 750mg/day and since then the hemetocrit levels have been between 42/46. I am sure this will also happen to you. Take Heart.
BTW, what medication have you been on from the time of diagnosis (at 25) till recently ?? I do hope you are getting CBC's done every F/N and monitoring the hemetocrit and platelet counts .
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