Temozolomide is an anticancer drug used to treat the certain types of brain tumours. This drug is used together with radiation therapy to treat certain types of cancers in adults. This drug is used to give when the other cancer medicines fails to provide any relief.
Understanding the drug Temozolomide:
How it works?
Temozolomide belongs to a class of medicines that are known as alkylating agents... It works by blocking the activity of a certain naturally occurring chemical that are necessary in cancer cell division and multiplication. This prevents the spreading of cancer cells in the body.
When should you avoid the drug?
Do not use this drug if:
You are allergic to any of the ingredient of the drug including the active ingredient Temozolomide
You are pregnant or breastfeeding because the efficacy of the drug on the new born baby is yet to be determined
You are taking warfarin or any other prescribed blood thinners etc.
You have kidney disease or liver disease
What are the strengths available?
This drug Temozolomide is available on our website under various strengths and brand names.
Temoside-100mg manufactured by Cipla
Gliotem - 20mg manufactured by Sun pharmaceutical India limited
Gliotem - 100mg by Sun pharmaceutical India limited
We provide the drug in various pack sizes on our online website.
How to take it?
Either takes the medicines as prescribed by the doctor or as prescribed in the leaflet provided with the drug in case of any confusion. Take the capsule at the same time each day; it is usually taken once in a day in the evening. The capsule should be taken on empty stomach with a glass full of water. Never chew or crush the capsule, swallow it whole. Take Temozolomide at around the same time every day. Do not break open the capsule.
For how long should it be taken?
Take the drug for the time duration prescribed by your doctor. Discontinuing the drug before the complete dose may decrease the benefits of the drug. Do not touch or inhale the contents of a broken or split opened capsule. Some patients may vomit after taking this drug, call your doctor immediately if this happens and do not take another dose on the same day.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may require urgent medical help in case you take an overdose of the drug. In such a case visit the nearest healthcare center or call your doctor immediately.
What if you miss the dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, but if it’s already the time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and take the next dose on the correct time.
What are the side effects?
There are some side-effects of this drug Temozolomide, if you feel too much uncomfortable then see your doctor immediately:
· Change in eye vision
Loss of appetite
The list is very long. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Certain drug may react with Temozolomide to cause serious health issues and hence such drugs are often prohibited from use with Temozolomide. Ask your doctor for the complete list of the drugs to be avoided with Temozolomide. The common drug interaction is with the following:
Medications for heartburn and ulcers such as Cimetidine or Famotidine
· HIV drug like Indinavir, Nelfinavir and Ritonavir, Nefazodone, Phenobarbital etc.
What are the things to be taken care of?
Do not take alcohol while on this prescription drug
Do not let anyone else take your medication
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