I Struggled to Take My Meds — Until It Affected My Pocketbook

I Struggled to Take My Meds — Until It Affected My Pocketbook

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I Struggled to Take My Meds — Until It Affected My Pocketbook

In 2005, my doctors started me on a medication called hydroxycarbamide, also known as hydroxyurea, or “hydra.” It was prescribed to help me manage the symptoms of sickle cell disease. Many people with sickle cell disease use hydroxycarbamide. Before my care plan changed to regular exchange transfusions, I used hydra for 14 years, and it served me well. Hydroxycarbamide was initially used as a chemotherapy drug to help cancer patients. For sickle cell patients, it…

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