Are special precautions needed if I take hydroxycarbamide?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Hydroxycarbamide (Droxia, Hydrea) is one of those uncommon drugs that is hazardous to touch. Safety tips include:

  • Don't get any medication on your skin, or in your eyes, mouth or nose. Crushed or broken capsules can be dangerous. People not taking hydroxycarbamide shouldn't touch the capsules or bottles.
  • Wipe up any spilled medication with a damp cloth. Throw the cloth away in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling capsules or containers. If possible, wear disposable gloves while handling capsules or containers.
  • Discuss safe disposal with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

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