Epirubicin Injection: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT EPIRUBICIN
EPIRUBICIN is an anti-cancer medicine. EPIRUBICIN is part of a group of medicines called anthracyclines. EPIRUBICIN is used in the treatment of cancers of the breast, and stomach.
• Eye inflammation with red eyes and watery eyes
• Hot flushes
• Nausea and vomiting
• Inflammation of the mucous lining in the mouth
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR EPIRUBICIN
• EPIRUBICIN should be given by a healthcare professional.
• Depending upon your age, weight and condition your doctor will decide the dosage do not self- medicate yourself.
• Your doctor will advise you to get laboratory tests done before and during the treatment for evaluating your health condition.
• You are recommended to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
• You may experience severe nausea and vomiting during or after the treatment. Take medicines as advised by your doctor.
• Keep your doctor informed about your past medical history especially if you are suffering from liver or kidneys problems, low platelet count and acute inflammation of the mouth.
• Women and men are recommended to use effective contraception during and for up to four months after the treatment to prevent pregnancy as EPIRUBICIN may be harmful to the unborn baby.
• Before driving or performing any strenuous activity after taking EPIRUBICIN make sure you are alert and normal enough to take up the above activities as this medicine may cause nausea, vomiting, vision and hearing problems.
• Inform your doctor if you are taking medicines like Interferon ?2b, Cimetidine, Quinine, Paclitaxel or any other anti-cancer drugs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does EPIRUBICIN work? A. EPIRUBICIN belongs to a class of anti-cancer drugs. EPIRUBICIN works by stopping the cancer cells from dividing and multiplying, which stops the growth of the cancer.
Q. Does EPIRUBICIN treat bladder cancer? A. Yes, EPIRUBICIN is used to treat abnormal cells or cancers of the bladder wall. When EPIRUBICIN is injected directly into the bladder, your doctor may instruct you to not to drink any fluid for 12 hours before treatment to avoid dilution of the EPIRUBICIN with urine in the bladder.
Q. Does EPIRUBICIN cause hair loss? A. Yes, EPIRUBICIN cause hair loss. EPIRUBICIN kills cells that are rapidly dividing, but however chemotherapy drugs affect normal cells also as it does not have the ability of differentiating healthy and cancerous cells. EPIRUBICIN affect hair follicles leading to hair loss.
Q. Does EPIRUBICIN cause infertility in men? A. Yes, EPIRUBICIN may damage testicles in males and affect their ability to produce sperms. So, it is advised to store eggs or sperms before starting the treatment.
Q. Can I take vaccination while using EPIRUBICIN? A. No, you are advised not to have vaccinations/immunizations unless your doctor tells you to take. This is because EPIRUBICIN supress body's immune system and prevents antibodies (kills foreign organisms) production which cause vaccines not to work.
Q. Can EPIRUBICIN cause infections? A. Yes, EPIRUBICIN may cause infections. EPIRUBICIN can decrease the white blood cells count and cause infections. White blood cells are involved in protecting the body against foreign organisms causing infections.
Q. Who should not take EPIRUBICIN? A. You are advised not to take EPIRUBICIN if you have following problems and please speak to your doctor for more information. Do not take EPIRUBICIN if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, if you have severe liver disease, if you have suffered from recent heart attack, if you have infections affecting multiple organs, if you have urine infection, if you have inflammation of the bladder, if you have catheterisation problems and if you have presence of blood in urine.
Q. Can I take EPIRUBICIN while on Trastuzumab? A. No, you are recommended to avoid using EPIRUBICIN for up to 27 weeks after stopping trastuzumab when possible. If EPIRUBICIN is used before this time, careful monitoring of cardiac function is strongly recommended.