A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
HYDREA (Hydroxyurea) is a chemotherapy medication that is used to treat various types of cancer. HYDREA may be prescribed for:
HYDREA should only be used under the close supervision of a doctor specially trained to treat cancer (oncologist).
HYDREA works by preventing the replication of cancerous cells. It belongs to the antimetabolite class of medications.
Take HYDREA exactly as prescribed by the doctor. The dose is individualized based on the type of tumor, disease state, risk factors, and the current standard of practice.
The active ingredient in HYDREA is hydroxyurea.
HYDREA has many potential drug-drug interactions. Speak with your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following medications:
The oncologist should reduce the dose by 50% in people with moderate to severe kidney impairment.
HYDREA should not be used while pregnant and can cause harm to a developing fetus.
HYDREA causes bone marrow suppression (myelosuppression). A complete blood count (CBC) will need to be monitored regularly during treatment.
HYDREA increases sensitivity to the sun and artificial sources of ultraviolet (UV)
Side effects with HYDREA are common and can be severe. Tell your oncologist if you are experiencing any of the following:
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