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Temozolomide

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Alkylating Agent Temodal® Cancer-related

Temozolomide - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Temozolomide cause?

  • Nausea and vomiting
    Your doctor may prescribe certain medicines to help prevent or manage this; take them accordingly as instructed. Where possible, taking Temozolomide at bedtime may also help to reduce nausea or vomiting.
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Decreased blood cells
    This may increase your chances of getting infections, bruising or bleeding and feeling tired.

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Fever of 38°C or higher, chills, cough, sore throat,
  • Unusual bruising, bleeding or black stools
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark tea-coloured urine and severe abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions - hives or rashes, facial swelling, breathing difficulty

Before taking Temozolomide, what precautions must I follow?

  • Effective birth control measures are recommended for both men and women during and up to 6 months after treatment with Temozolomide. Inform your doctor if you plan to or suspect that you are pregnant.
  • Do not breastfeed. Inform your doctor if you intend to breastfeed.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Temozolomide?

Temozolomide - Additional Information

  • Updated on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

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