Which medications in the drug class Antimetabolites are used in the treatment of Sickle Cell Anemia?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Antimetabolites

Hydroxyurea affects DNA, resulting in increased production of Hb F, which inhibits sickling. Considerable effort is being expended to identify agents whose ultimate effect interferes with the sickling process and prevents the many complications of sickle cell disease.

Hydroxyurea (Siklos)

Hydroxyurea inhibits deoxynucleotide synthesis. Its myelosuppressive effects last a few days to a week and are easier to control than those of alkylating agents.


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