I have sickle cell anemia, I have been taking hydroxyurea 500mg once daily 5days a week. Now I want ot concive, so should I first stop taking the drug and than conceive or once confirmed that I am pregnant than I should stop taking drug. Please suggest me what will be the best thing for us.
Hydroxyurea has been assigned to pregnancy category D by the FDA - which means that it has been shown to be harmful to the fetus in both animals and humans.
It is safer for your baby if you do not take the hydroxyurea and you should ideally stop at least one month before trying to get pregnant.
You should discuss this important issue with your doctor - I'm not sure if stopping treatment would be safe for you?
- Hydroxyurea Information for Consumers
- Hydroxyurea Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydroxyurea (detailed)
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