Product InformationTemodar is called Temodal in Canada. Temodar (Temozolomide) is a drug that is used to treat cancer. It is a capsule that you take by mouth. The Temodar capsule contains lactose. Tell your doctor if you have ever had an unusual or allergic reaction to dacarbazine (DTIC) before taking Temodar (Temozolomide). A blood test may be taken before each treatment. The dose and timing of your chemotherapy may be changed based on your test results and/or other side effects.
It is important to take Temodar (Temozolomide) exactly as directed by your doctor. You may be given capsules of Temodar in more than one strength to make the right dose. Make sure you understand the directions on how to take Temodar. Unless your doctor gives you other directions, take each dose of Temodar in the morning. Temodar (Temozolomide) may be taken with food or on an empty stomach with a glass of water or juice. However, it is best to take your dose at the same time each day relative to when you eat (ie, try not to take it with a meal one day, and on an empty stomach the next day). Taking your dose on an empty stomach (at least one hour before or after you eat) may help reduce nausea. Swallow the Temodar capsules whole. Do not open or chew the capsules. If you vomit after taking Temodar, do not take a second dose. Call your doctor during office hours for advice. If you miss a dose of Temodar, take it as soon as you can if it is within 12 hours of the missed dose. If it is over 12 hours since your missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your usual dosing times. Call your doctor during office hours to ask about making up the missed dose.
Store Temodar capsules out of the reach of children, at room temperature, away from heat, light and moisture. Other drugs such as valproic acid (Depakene) may interact with Temodar. Tell your doctor if you are taking this or any other drugs as you may need extra blood tests or your dose may need to be changed. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking any new drugs.
The drinking of alcohol (in SMALL AMOUNTS) does not appear to affect the safety or usefulness of Temodar. If you are taking dexamethasone or drugs to prevent seizures, discuss the safety of alcohol with your doctor. Temodar may cause sterility in men and menopause in women. Men taking Temodar are advised not to father a child during or for 6 months after treatment. If you plan to have children, discuss this with your doctor before being treated with Temodar. Temodar (Temozolomide) may damage sperm and may harm the baby if used during pregnancy. It is best to use birth control while being treated with Temodar. Tell your doctor right away if you or your partner becomes pregnant. Do not breast feed during treatment. Tell doctors or dentists that you are being treated with Temodar before you receive any treatment from them. Side effects of Temodar can include: Nausea and vomiting, white blood cells will decrease 3-4 weeks after your treatment. They usually return to normal within 2 weeks. White blood cells protect your body by fighting bacteria (germs) that cause infection. When they are low, you are at greater risk of having an infection, Your platelets may decrease 3-4 weeks after your treatment. They usually return to normal within 2 weeks. Platelets help to make your blood clot when you hurt yourself. You may bruise or bleed more easily than usual, constipation or diarrhea may occur, and tiredness and lack of energy may occur. Some other side effects of taking Temodar can include hair loss which is rare. Your hair will grow back once you stop treatment with Temodar but the colour and texture may change. Taking Temodar can also effect your sugar levels if you are a diabetic. ALL SIDE EFFECTS OF TAKING TEMODAR (EITHER INCLUDING OR NOT INCLUDING THE ONES LISTED ABOVE) SHOULD BE REPORTED TO YOUR DOCTOR.