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Crime no. 69

Who’s Afraid of HU?

Six Nights in Bangkok

Their Patients, Their People

Thar She Blows!

HU Handbook

Top Black MDs

Heartbreak Hotel

Quilt Trip


No PEP Rally


Show & Tell



Pos & Neg

Meth-od Actor

West Denial Virus

Bangkok Big Top


Private Parts

Forbidden Grapefruit

Quick Study: Prostate

Alzheimer’s Drug Does HIV

Body Eclectic: Lungs

Get Flu-ent

If You Knew Sushi


Trip or Treat

Scared Straight

Hitched & Bewitched


Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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October 2004

HU Handbook

by Staff

The Treatment Scoop on Hydroxyurea

HU is still experimental for HIVers, so if yo

The Treatment Scoop on Hydroxyurea

HU is still experimental for HIVers, so if you think the drug might be for you, talk to Doc first.

Who? According to HIV doc Bellman, HU could work for HIVers who are running out of treatment options, suffering from lipodystrophy or other side effects, or are considering a treatment interruption. Cautions Bellman, “It’s not something I use all the time, because more research is needed to define its indications. I use it mainly in patients without good options.”

Dose? HU researcher Lori believes the ideal dose is 600 mg once a day or 300 mg twice a day. Bellman agrees, though he occasionally prescribes 500 mg twice daily. Generally, he administers it with 3TC and Ziagen.

How? HU comes as a generic, and in two BMS formulations: Hydrea (500mg dose) and Droxia (400, 300 and 200 mg doses). For HIVers, HU is considered “off-label” (or unapproved) but is often covered by insurance. “I work at a law firm,” says one HIVer. “My insurance has challenged certain bills, but never HU.” ADAP and BMS’s Access Program (call 877-758-7877) also cover HU. Without insurance, HU costs approximately $125 to $150 for one hundred 500 mg pills.

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