ACH-Temozolomide; ACT Temozolomide; Temodal
- It is used to treat brain cancer.
- It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before your child gets any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of very bad infection or make the vaccine not work as well.
- If your child has an upset stomach or loose stools (diarrhea), is throwing up, or is not hungry, talk with the doctor. There may be ways to lower these side effects.
- Your child may have more chance of getting an infection. Some infections have been deadly. Have your child wash hands often. Have your child stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
- Your child may bleed more easily. Make sure your child is careful and avoids injury. Be sure your child has a soft toothbrush.
- Other types of cancer may rarely happen later in life.
If your child is or may be sexually active:
- Have your child use birth control to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug.
- If your child is a male and has sex with a female who could get pregnant, they must prevent pregnancy. They must use birth control that can be trusted.
- If your child is a male with a sex partner who is pregnant or plans on getting pregnant at any time while he is being treated, talk with the doctor.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy. If your child is pregnant or gets pregnant while taking this drug, call the doctor right away.
- Tell the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about any risks to the baby.
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
- Change in balance.
- Feeling confused.
- Mood changes.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Not able to control bladder.
- Memory problems or loss.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Change in eyesight.
- Pinpoint red spots on the skin.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with this drug. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- This drug may lower the ability of your child’s bone marrow to make blood cells that the body needs. A very bad and sometimes deadly type of anemia has happened. Call the doctor right away if your child has pale skin or feels very tired or weak.
- Irritation or swelling where the shot was given.
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Not hungry.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Hair loss.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Not able to sleep.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Signs of a common cold.
- Give this drug at the same time of day.
- Give this drug with or without food but give it the same way each time. Always give with food or always give on an empty stomach
- Giving this drug on an empty stomach may help prevent upset stomach. It may also help to give this drug at bedtime. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Give this drug with a full glass of water.
- Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, open, or crush.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Keep giving this drug to your child as you have been told by your child’s doctor or other health care provider, even if your child feels well.
- The dose your child gets may be made up of 2 or more different strengths and colors of capsules.
- Wear gloves when touching this drug.
- If your child throws up after taking this drug, do not repeat the dose.
- If the capsule is opened or broken, do not touch the contents. If the contents are touched or they get in the eyes, wash hands or eyes right away.
- It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.