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What are side effects of hydroxyurea for polycythemia vera (PV)?

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Hydroxyurea can cause side effects, such as:

It’s very unlikely, but it may cause cells to turn cancerous. Though the risk is very low, your doctor should check you for cancer while you take hydroxyurea.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash

SOURCES:

Cancer Care: "Treatment Update: Polycythemia Vera."

FDA: "Aspirin for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: Know the Facts."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Interferon alpha."

Medscape: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "What is Polycythemia Vera?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Polycythemia Vera Treated?"

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Cancer Care: "Treatment Update: Polycythemia Vera."

FDA: "Aspirin for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: Know the Facts."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Interferon alpha."

Medscape: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "What is Polycythemia Vera?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Polycythemia Vera Treated?"

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 26, 2017

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