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Hydroxyurea is used as an inhibitor of DNA synthesis and an anti-cancer drug. It is used as a precursor to prepare 1-hydroxy-5,6-dimethyl-1H-pyrimidine-2,4-dione via reaction with 2-methyl-3-oxo-butyric acid ethyl ester. It is used in the treatment of melanoma, resistant chronic myelocytic leukemia and recurrent metastatic or inoperable ovarian. It is also involved in reducing the rate of painful attacks in sickle-cell disease and has anti-retroviral properties in diseases such as AIDS.
Sheehan, V. A.; Nelson, S.; Yappan, C.; Dinu, B. R.; Guffey, D.; Minard, C. G.; Ware, R. E. Hydroxyurea Improves Oxygen Transport Effectiveness in Sickle Cell Anemia Patients. Blood 2014, 121 (24), 2716-2716.
Anele, U. A.; Mack, A. K.; Resar, L. M.; Burnett, A. L. Hydroxyurea therapy for priapism prevention and erectile function recovery in sickle cell disease: a case report and review of the literature. Int Urol Nephrol 2014, 46 (9), 1733-1736.
Hazard Statements: H340-H360D
May cause genetic defects. May damage the unborn child.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P281-P308+P313-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant