What is Epithra 50 mg Injection ?
Epithra 50 mg manufactured by Glenmark (Onkos) contains “Epirubicin” as active ingredient. It is usually given as a slow injection or a drip (infusion) into a vein. Epirubicin should be used under the supervision of a qualified physician.
When is Epithra 50 mg Injection prescribed ?
Epithra (Epirubicin) is a chemotherapy drug that is used for the treatment of breast cancer.
How Does Epithra (Epirubicin) Injection Work ?
Epirubicin is in a class of medications called anthracyclines. It prevents the growth of cancer cells by interfering with the genetic material DNA, which is necessary for reproduction of cells.
What are the adverse effects of Epithra 50 mg Injection ?
Like any treatment, Epithra cancer medicine can cause side effects. Everyone reacts differently to drugs and some people have more side effects than others. The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Epirubicin :
Common Side Effects of Epithra Injection : Hair loss (alopecia) or thinning ; Nausea and vomiting ; Tiredness (fatigue) ; Mouth sores ; Fever ; Rash/itch ; Hot flashes ; Dehydration ; Diarrhea ; Temporary or permanent loss of menstrual cycle in women etc.
Serious Side Effects of Epithra Injection : Blood in urine and stools ; Low WBC count ; Decreased appetite ; Red spots on skin ; Irregular heartbeat ; Signs of congestive heart failure (e.g., shortness of breath, ankle swelling) etc.
Not all side effects are listed above. However, you should always inform your health care provider if you experience any unusual symptoms with Epirubicin 50mg.
What are the safety measures of Epithra 50 mg ?
Before Taking Epithra oncology drug, it is important to understand all precautions or safety information associated with it. You need to remember certain points such as –
It is important that you do not get pregnant or father a child while you are taking Epithra. Make sure you have discussed with your doctor which types of contraception are suitable for you and your partner. If you would like to have children in the future, you should ask your doctor for advice about family planning before you begin taking Epirubicin.
For the safety of baby, it is recommended that women who are receiving Epithra cancer medicine after pregnancy, stop or not start breastfeeding. This medicine may appear in high levels in breast milk and could potentially harm your nursing baby.
You will need to have regular blood tests and check-ups during your treatment with Epithra. Blood tests help doctors check for certain diseases and conditions. They also help check the function of your organs and show how well treatment is working.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Epirubicin 50 mg.
In general, drinking alcoholic beverages should be kept to a minimum or avoided completely. If you are dependent on alcohol and want to stop drinking, your doctor can recommend a therapy that’s tailored for your needs.
Before using Epithra, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any prescription or non-prescription drugs (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), so that your pharmacist can help you prevent or manage drug interactions.
If you miss a dose of Epithra 50mg, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.
Taking a single dose of expired medicine is unlikely to produce an adverse event. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you’ve had a medicine for a while, check the expiry date before using it. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
Before using Epithra, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of : kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); liver disease; hiv, mental illness or depression; hepatitis etc.
What are the storage instructions for Epithra 50 mg?
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.
• When you aren’t injecting, store Pemnat Pre-filled syringes in a place that’s protected from light.
Consider storing your medications separately from your other family members. This will make it less likely that you take the wrong ones by mistake.
• Make sure to always keep your medicine in an area of your home that is out of the reach of children and pets.
• Do not use Epirubicin if the liquid in the vial looks discolored or cloudy, or if the liquid has lumps, flakes, or particles.
• Store it in a cool and dry place. Improper storage can affect the effectiveness and shelf life of your medicine.
In order to legally purchase this medicine from Indiangenericdrugs, 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.