What is TemCad 20 mg Capsule?
Temozolomide belongs to the general group of medicines called antineoplastics. It comes in capsule form that you take by mouth. Temozolomide is available as the brand-name drug TemCad, manufactured by Cadila Pharmaceuticals. It should be used under proper medical guidance and advice. Do not share the medicine with others, since they may be suffering from a problem that is not effectively treated by this drug.
What is the use of TemCad Temozolomide 20 mg Capsule?
Temozolomide 20 mg Capsule is used to treat specific types of brain cancer, including –
• Glioblastoma multiforme,
• Anaplastic astrocytoma etc.
How Does Temozolomide Capsule Work?
Temozolomide (TemCad) is an alkylating agent and works by stopping cancer cells from making DNA. DNA stands for DeoxyriboNucleic Acid. It is the genetic material of a cell.
If the cancer cells can’t make DNA, they can’t split into 2 new cells, so the cancer can’t grow.
What are the side effects of TemCad 20 mg Capsules?
When you take TemCad cancer medicine, it’s important to be aware of changes in your body and how you feel. Temozolomide may cause some side effects. Most side effects from Temozolomide are common, but a few can be serious. But many people don’t feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with Temozolomide:
Common Side Effects of TemCad Capsule : Chronic Trouble Sleeping ; Diarrhea ; Dizzy ; Throwing Up ; Feeling Weak ; Hair Loss ; Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel Movements ; Numbness And Tingling ; Drowsiness ; Throat Irritation ; Blurred Vision etc.
Serious Side Effects of TemCad Capsule : Decreased White Blood Cells ; Life Threatening Allergic Reaction ; closing of your throat; Anemia ; Trouble Breathing ; Painful, Red Or Swollen Mouth ; High Amount of Bilirubin In The Blood etc.
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Temozolomide cancer medicine. Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. To learn more about possible side effects of TemCad (Temozolomide), read the drug label or package insert or talk to your health care provider.
What are the precautions & warnings of TemCad Capsule?
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For Temozolomide (TemCad), the following should be considered:
Missed Dose : Missing doses of TemCad 20 mg can reduce their usefulness and increase the possibility of developing drug resistance, which makes this drug lose their effectiveness. For best results, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of Temozolomide medication as instructed. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Overdose : A wide range of signs and symptoms can occur when a person overdoses, and everyone responds differently. If you’ve taken more than the recommended amount of Temozolomide 20 mg or enough to have a harmful effect on your body’s functions, you have overdosed. In this case, you should take the medical help as soon as possible. Make sure that you have as much information as possible about the drug, the amount taken, how long ago it was taken, and if it was mixed with any other substance.
Allergies : Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Temozolomide or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes or preservatives. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Pregnancy : Naturally, if you are pregnant and taking TemCad medicine, one of your greatest concerns will be for your unborn child. Because, this cancer medicine may be harmful for your baby during pregnancy. So, If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this medicine, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus. You must tell about your pregnancy to your doctor. Your pharmacist must understand your condition in order to monitor your health, and so your baby can be protected from infection soon after birth. You can also consult with your doctor about birth control methods that will work for you.
Breast-feeding : Breastfeeding is an essential physiologic process that provides nutrition to the infant and protects the child against infection and immunologic disorders. But, It is not known whether TemCad medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using Temozolomide.
Medical History : The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of Temozolomide. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially if you:
• are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement etc.
• have a history of diabetes, lupus, pancreatitis, lung or breathing problems, liver problems, stomach or bowel problems or kidney problems etc.
• have problems with your hormone glands (eg, thyroid, pituitary);
• have had a liver & heart transplant;
• have congestive heart failure;
• have circulation problems;
• have a history of HIV;
• have high cholesterol or triglycerides;
• have a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome & skin cancer (melanoma);
• have any type of active infection;
• have a history of hepatitis;
• have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine;
• have recently had surgery or plan to have surgery etc.
What are the storage instructions for TemCad Capsules?
Patients must properly store the drug to retain its quality and efficacy. Following storage instructions will be helpful in storing the drug in the best of manner. The major instructions one should follow while storing Temozolomide capsules include:
• Store Temozolomide capsules in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
• Discard the medicine if its expiry date has crossed.
• Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children and pets. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half meters above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
• Keep TemCad in the original container, and keep the container closed tightly.
• Do not store TemCad or any other medicine in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Do not leave it in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
• Please return any unused or unwanted medicines to your clinic or pharmacy to destroy.
In order to legally purchase this medicine from DrugsSquare, you’ll require a prescription from your Registered Medical Practitioner.
The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or pharmaceutical advice which should be sought from qualified medical and pharmaceutical advisers.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.