Reply To: Hydroxyurea

  • Christina McGrisken

    October 27, 2021 at 7:50 am

    We offer Hydroxyurea starting at 9 months of age so our patients are not put on birth control as most start it very young.  We educate regarding the risks of pregnancy and see our Hydroxyurea patients every 1-3 months depending on their dose and if any adjustments have been made.  With our routine labs, we also monitor HCG in our female patients who are child bearing age.  

    We do have some patients on birth control but mostly due to preference or if menses has been a trigger for VOC.

    Christina McGrisken, FNP-BC
    Sickle Cell Nurse Practitioner
    The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
    Bronx, New York
    Original Message:
    Sent: 10-27-2021 02:45 AM
    From: Marie Parrado
    Subject: Hydroxyurea


    My other question related to hydroxyurea; are the patient put on birth control or educated regarding pregnancy?

    Marie Parrado

    Original Message:
    Sent: 10/26/2021 4:00:00 PM
    From: Cienna Miller
    Subject: RE: Hydroxyurea

    Hi we have them sign a chemotherapy consent form, since it falls under the class of chemo drugs, and we want to make sure the potential side effects are discussed. 

    Original Message:
    Sent: 10/26/2021 3:44:00 PM
    From: Jennifer Young
    Subject: RE: Hydroxyurea

    We do not have patients/parents sign a contract prior to initiation of Hydroxyurea. I am interested to know how this came up in your practice as I have never considered this.

    Jenni Young, APRN
    Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Nurse Practitioner
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Columbus, Ohio

    Original Message:
    Sent: 10-26-2021 02:26 PM
    From: Andrea Haggard
    Subject: Hydroxyurea

    Hello all,

    I was wondering if any facility had their patients sign a contract acknowledging risks associated with hydroxyurea before initiation of therapy? If so, what do you include?

    Many thanks,
    Andrea Haggard APRN
    University of Kentucky
    Dance Blue Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic

    Andrea Haggard, RN
    Lexington, KY
    United States