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Hydrox 500mg Capsule is used in the treatment of some kinds of cancer and to prevent painful episodes associated with sickle cell anemia. It may be also used to treat some other conditions. It is sometimes used with certain other medicines as part of combination chemotherapy.

Hydrox 500mg Capsule can be taken with or without food, but try to have it at the same time every day to get the most benefits. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it. This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time. You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.

The most common side effects of this medicine include hematological disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms, eating disorders, and weight loss. This medicine may reduce the number of blood cells in your blood thereby, increasing the susceptibility to infections. Regular blood tests are required to check your blood cells along with kidney, liver and heart function during treatment with this medicine.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have bleeding, liver, or kidney problems or are taking any medicines to treat infections. Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your doctor know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.

USES OF HYDROX CAPSULE

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Sickle Cell anemia

BENEFITS OF HYDROX CAPSULE

In Head and neck cancer

Head and neck cancer includes cancer of the mouth, nose, sinuses or throat. Hydrox 500mg Capsule kills or stops the growth of cancer cells and also prevents the multiplication of cancer cells. It is a potent and very toxic medicine and you should discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. You should avoid drinking alcohol or smoking while having this treatment and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.


SIDE EFFECTS OF HYDROX CAPSULE

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Hydrox

  • Hematological disorder
  • Gastrointestinal disorder
  • Eating disorder
  • Azoospermia (absence of sperms)
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fever
  • Oligospermia (low sperm count)
  • Skin cancer
  • Bone marrow suppression
  • Hallucination
  • Convulsion
  • Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness of feet and hand)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pancreatic inflammation
  • Liver toxicity
  • Cutaneous vasculitis
  • Increased uric acid level in blood

HOW TO USE HYDROX CAPSULE

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Hydrox 500mg Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

HOW HYDROX CAPSULE WORKS

In cancer, Hydrox 500mg Capsule works by blocking an enzyme (ribonucleotide reductase) which is required for synthesis of DNA. This prevents the cancer cells from growing and multiplying. In sickle cell disease, it works by increasing fetal haemoglobin (HbF) levels in red blood cells (RBCs). This helps the RBCs assume a normal shape, improves blood flow and protects against complications such as painful sickle cell episodes.

SAFETY ADVICE

Alcohol

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR

It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Hydrox 500mg Capsule. Please consult your doctor.

 

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR

Hydrox 500mg Capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.

 

Breast feeding

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR

Hydrox 500mg Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.

 

Driving

UNSAFE

Hydrox 500mg Capsule may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.

 

Kidney

CAUTION

Hydrox 500mg Capsule should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Hydrox 500mg Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function test and some blood tests may be advised while you are taking this medicine.

 

Liver

CAUTION

Hydrox 500mg Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Hydrox 500mg Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

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