My platelets have risen from 530 to 728 in the last 12 months and heme called and told me I should be on 500mg Hydroxurea twice per day and start a blood thinner, such as coumadin, right away. I have only been taking low dose aspirin till now and am 67 with really no symptoms. I told him I needed to discuss before taking this big step and will meet with him tomorrow. Yes, I am devastated by this, scared and wondering what this chemo pill will do to me. I have suggested we try ropeginterferon (sp) and he tells me side effects are worse and can cause severe depression. Can anyone offer advice from experience with hydroxy and coumindin use? Is ropeginterferon a better alternative?
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