Temodar is used along with radiation therapy to treat certain types of brain tumors in adults. It stops the development of cancer cells by slowing their growth and spread in the body. Temodar is sometimes given after other unsuccessful cancer medications.
Store Temodar at room temperature away from moisture or extreme heat. Keep Temodar away from children and pets.
Temodar may lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections making it easier for you to bleed from an injury or become ill. Make sure your blood cell count does not get too low by having a blood test on a regular basis. Do not miss any blood test appointments. Taking Temodar may increase your risk of developing certain types of bone marrow cancer. Consult your doctor about your risk. Tell your doctor if you have had liver or kidney disease before taking Temodar. Women and older adults can be more likely to have a weakened immune system while taking Temodar. Before usuing Temodar, tell your doctor about any other drugs (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, herbal products, and minerals) that you may be taking. There are many drugs that can interact with Temodar.
Try to avoid being around people who have colds, the flu, or other contagious illnesses. Contact your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection. If you miss a dose of Temodar, contact your doctor immediately. If you overdose on Temodar, seek medical attention. Taking Temodar for more than 5 days in a row can be life-threatening. Symptoms of overdose include fever, pale skin, increased thirst, dry skin, easy bruising or bleeding, confusion, changes in urination patterns and weakness.
Temodar should be taken exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Follow the directions given by the doctor or pharmacist. Take Temodar on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. If you vomit after taking the capsule, do not take another capsule until your next scheduled dose. Swallow the capsule whole with water. Do not open the Temodar capsule. The powder inside is dangerous if it is inhaled or if it gets in your eyes or on your skin. If you have a broken capsule, as your doctor or pharmacist for information about how to handle it correctly. Do not change your dosing schedule unless a doctor advises you. There may be periods of time when you will take Temodar for only a few days in a row and then wait another 2 to 4 weeks before you start a new treatment cycle and take it again. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Temodar is often given together with radiation treatment, and then continued for several weeks or months after radiation treatment ends.
Do not use Temodar if you are allergic to temozolomide or to dacarbazine (DTIC-Dome). If you are pregnant, do not use this medication without informing your doctor. It could cause harm to an unborn child. Use birth control and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. It is unknown whether or not Temodar passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor you are breast-feeding a baby.
Contact your doctor if you have any of these serious side effects: Seizure, numbness or tingling on one side of your body, dry cough, feeling short of breath, weight loss, night sweats, signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu, easy bruising or bleeding, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weakness, pain when urinating, or white sore patches on the inside of the mouth and lips.
Less serious Temodar side effects include: hair loss, fatigue, diarrhoea, constipation, mild skin rash, dizziness, blurred vision, insomnia, or unusual taste in your mouth.
Symptoms of allergic reaction to Temodar include: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the facts, lips, tongue, or throat. Seek emergency help if you have any of these signs of allergic reaction.