Taro Temozolomide

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What is Taro Temozolomide?

Temozolomide belongs to the group of cancer-fighting medications known as antineoplastics, and specifically to the group of antineoplastics known as alkylating agents. Temozolomide prevents the growth of cancer cells by interfering with the genetic material DNA, which is necessary for the reproduction of cells.

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Taro Temozolomide How to Take

Temozolomide belongs to the group of cancer-fighting medications known as antineoplastics, and specifically to the group of antineoplastics known as alkylating agents. Temozolomide prevents the growth of cancer cells by interfering with the genetic material DNA, which is necessary for the reproduction of cells. Because cancer cells reproduce more quickly than normal cells, cancerous cells are targeted by the medication. Temozolomide is used to treat specific types of brain tumours.

Taro Temozolomide may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Taro Temozolomide may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Taro Temozolomide may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested Taro Temozolomide for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Taro Temozolomide, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Taro Temozolomide without consulting your doctor.

Do not give Taro Temozolomide to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Taro Temozolomide if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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Taro Temozolomide Dosage

The recommended dose of temozolomide varies according to body surface area, and takes into account whether you have been previously treated with chemotherapy. Before each new cycle of treatment, your blood will be tested and your dose of temozolomide may change depending on the test results.

Temozolomide is normally taken once a day for 5 days followed by a rest period of 23 days. This 28-day cycle is repeated until treatment is complete, as assessed by your doctor.

For a specific type of newly diagnosed brain tumour called glioblastoma multiforme, temozolomide is given daily along with radiation for 42 days. 4 weeks after radiation is complete, 6 cycles of 28 days of treatment with temozolomide are started.

Temozolomide capsules should be swallowed whole, with a full glass of water at least one hour before a meal. Do not open or chew the capsules. In case of accidental contact with the capsule contents, flush the area with water.

Antinausea medications can be taken just before or after temozolomide to help reduce the risk of vomiting. If vomiting occurs after taking the medication, do not take a second dose. Contact your doctor for further instructions.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take Taro Temozolomide exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, check with your doctor. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one, unless your doctor tells you to do so.

Store Taro Temozolomide at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

Taro Temozolomide Side Effects

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Taro Temozolomide. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Taro Temozolomide with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Taro Temozolomide. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • abdominal pain
  • blurred vision
  • changes in taste perception
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • hair loss
  • headache
  • itching
  • joint pain
  • lack of energy
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea
  • rash
  • tingling sensation
  • trouble sleeping
  • weakness
  • weight loss
  • vomiting

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • anxiety
  • burning, prickling, or tingling sensations in the hands or feet
  • confusion
  • difficulty speaking
  • hearing impairment
  • increased blood sugar (e.g., frequent urination, increased thirst, excessive eating, unexplained weight loss, poor wound healing, infections, fruity breath odour)
  • memory problems
  • mouth sores or inflammation
  • pain, bruising, irritation, itching, warmth, swelling, or redness at the injection site
  • rapid mood changes
  • rash with skin swelling, including on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet (if you are not having difficulty breathing)
  • shortness of breath and cough
  • signs of Anemia (low red blood cells; e.g., dizziness,  pale skin, unusual tiredness or weakness, shortness of breath)
  • signs of bleeding (such as easy bruising, bleeding gums, nosebleeds, vomiting blood, blood in the urine, dark tarry stools)
  • signs of Depression (e.g., poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, thoughts of suicide)
  • signs of infection (Fever, chills, cough, sore throat)
  • signs of liver problems (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools)
  • pneumonia (symptoms such as cough that does not go away, or trouble breathing and fever)

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • seizures
  • signs of an allergic reaction (such as difficulty breathing, Hives, or swelling of the face or throat)
  • signs of bleeding in the stomach (e.g., bloody, black, or tarry stools, spitting up of blood, vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds)
  • signs of a severe skin reaction such as blistering, peeling, a rash covering a large area of the body, a rash that spreads quickly, or a rash combined with fever or discomfort
  • swelling of the hands or feet with shortness of breath
  • symptoms of herpes simplex encephalitis (e.g., fever, headache, personality changes, seizures, vomiting)

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Taro Temozolomide.

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Taro Temozolomide Available Form

5 mg
Each hard gelatin capsule, with white opaque cap and body, imprinted in green ink with "890" on the cap and "5 mg" and 2 stripes on the body, filled with white-to-light-tan/light-pink powder, contains 5 mg of temozolomide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose anhydrous, sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid and tartaric acid. Capsule shell: gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate and titanium dioxide. Printing ink: shellac, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, yellow iron oxide, and FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake-E133.

20 mg
Each hard gelatin capsule, with white opaque cap and body, imprinted in yellow ink with "891" on the cap and "20 mg" and 2 stripes on the body, filled with white-to-light-tan/light-pink powder, contains 20 mg of temozolomide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose anhydrous, sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid and tartaric acid. Printing ink: shellac, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, and yellow iron oxide.

100 mg
Each hard gelatin capsule, with white opaque cap and body, imprinted in pink ink with "892" on the cap and "100 mg" and 2 stripes on the body, filled with white-to-light-tan/light-pink powder, contains 100 mg of temozolomide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose anhydrous, sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid and tartaric acid. Printing ink: shellac, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, purified water, potassium hydroxide, red iron oxide-E172, yellow iron oxide-E172, FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake-E133,  and titanium dioxide-E171.

140 mg
Each hard gelatin capsule, with white opaque cap and body, imprinted in blue ink with "892" on the cap and "140 mg" and 2 stripes on the body, filled with white-to-light-tan/light-pink powder, contains 140 mg of temozolomide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose anhydrous, sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid and tartaric acid. Printing ink: shellac, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, titanium dioxide-E171, and FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake-E133.

180 mg
Each hard gelatin capsule, with white opaque cap and body, imprinted in red ink with "930" on the cap and "180 mg" and 2 stripes on the body, filled with white-to-light-tan/light-pink powder, contains 180 mg of temozolomide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose anhydrous, sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid and tartaric acid. Printing ink: shellac, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, and red iron oxide-E172.

250 mg
Each hard gelatin capsule, with white opaque cap and body, imprinted in black ink with "893" on the cap and "250 mg" and 2 stripes on the body, filled with white-to-light-tan/light-pink powder, contains 250 mg of temozolomide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose anhydrous, sodium starch glycolate, stearic acid and tartaric acid. Printing ink: shellac, propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution, black iron oxide-E172, potassium hydroxide, and purified water.

Taro Temozolomide Contraindications

Do not use Taro Temozolomide if you:

  • are allergic to temozolomide or any ingredients of Taro Temozolomide
  • are allergic to Dacarbazine (DTIC)
  • have severely reduced bone marrow function
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Taro Temozolomide Precautions

There may be an interaction between temozolomide and any of the following:

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with Taro Temozolomide. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

Taro Temozolomide Warnings

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Taro Temozolomide.

Birth defects: Temozolomide can have genotoxic effects, meaning that it may damage the genetic material contained in sperm. This could lead to birth defects. If you are a man being treated with temozolomide, you should not father a child during treatment and for up to 6 months after treatment.

Blood disorders: Taro Temozolomide can cause the levels of certain blood cells to drop. This may lead to problems with blood clotting, the immune system, or the transport of oxygen through the body. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop a fever, chills, easy bruising, paleness, or bleeding (symptoms may include black and tarry stools, blood in the urine, or cuts that won't stop bleeding) while taking Taro Temozolomide. Your doctor will arrange periodic blood testing to monitor various blood components.

Hepatitis B infection: Temozolomide has been linked to reactivation of Hepatitis B infection. If you have had hepatitis B in the past discuss with your doctor how Taro Temozolomide may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Taro Temozolomide, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Kidney function: The safety and effectiveness of using Taro Temozolomide have not been established for people with kidney problems. You should be closely monitored by your doctor if you have kidney problems.

Liver function: Temozolomide may reduce liver function and can cause liver failure, including death. If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how Taro Temozolomide may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Taro Temozolomide, and whether any special monitoring is needed. Your doctor may want to test your liver function regularly with blood tests while you are taking Taro Temozolomide.

If you experience symptoms of liver problems such as fatigue, feeling unwell, loss of appetite, nausea, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools, abdominal pain, or swelling, and itchy skin, contact your doctor immediately.

Male infertility: Irreversible infertility may result from treatment with temozolomide. Therefore, men who may want to father a child in the future should seek advice on cryoconservation (freezing for long-term storage) of sperm prior to starting treatment.

Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP): People who take temozolomide daily along with radiation may be at a higher risk of developing a serious form of pneumonia called Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). If you are taking temozolomide daily along with radiation, your doctor will prescribe medication to help prevent PCP.

Vomiting: Nausea and vomiting are very common with temozolomide treatment. Antinausea medications taken before or after taking temozolomide may be recommended.

Pregnancy: Taro Temozolomide may harm the baby if used during pregnancy. Women should avoid becoming pregnant while taking Taro Temozolomide. Use effective birth control while using Taro Temozolomide and for 6 months after stopping the medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if temozolomide passes into breast milk. It is recommended that women should stop breast-feeding while taking Taro Temozolomide.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Taro Temozolomide have not been established for children.

Seniors: People over the age of 70 are more likely to experience a decrease in white blood cell counts or platelet cells. This can affect their body's ability to fight infection or their blood's ability to clot.

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