Introduction to Epithra 50 mg Injection
Epithra 50mg Injection is used in the treatment of various types of Cancers of blood, breast, stomach, lung, ovaries and soft tissues. It also helps to prevent the recurrence of bladder cancer after surgery.
It is given as a drip or infusion vein with extreme caution by a qualified medical professional. It can be used alone, or sometimes given together with certain other medicines as part of combination chemotherapy. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it. This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time.
You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to. It makes contraceptive pills less effective, so it advised to both male and female to use reliable contraception during the treatment.
Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, or have heart problem. Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, low blood platelets, hair loss, absence of menstrual periods, fever and rash. It is known to reduce the number of blood cells in your blood thereby, increasing the susceptibility to infections. Infections can sometimes be life threatening. Regular blood tests are required to monitor your blood cells along with kidney, liver and heart function during treatment with this medicine.
Uses of Epithra 50 mg
- Breast Cancer
How Does Epithra 50 Works
Epithra 50mg Injection is an anticancer medication. It works by blocking the synthesis of genetic material (DNA and RNA) and certain essential proteins and enzymes which are required for the cells to grow and multiply. As a result, it prevents abnormal cell division within the body, slows down the growth of cancer cells and eventually kills them.
Epithra 50 Mg Injection has an active ingredient; Epirubicin is an anti-cancer medication which works by suppressing the activity of an enzyme (topoisomerase II) involved in DNA multiplication of the breast cancer cells. It forms harmful chemicals (free radicals) which cause DNA damage. This slows the growth of breast cancer cells & eventually kills them.
Side Effects of Epithra 50
- Low WBC count
- Fever with chills
- Blood in urine and stools
- Red spots on skin
- Irregular heartbeat
- Joint pain
- Hair loss or thinning of the hair
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Change in skin color
- Decreased appetite
- Mouth sore
- Hot flashes
Serious Side Effects
- Bone Marrow Suppression
- Severe Allergic Reactions
- Severe Skin Reactions
- Liver Toxicity
- Kidney Problems
- Lung Problems
- Cardiac Effects
- Secondary Cancers
- Neurological Effects
Rare Side Effects
- Serious Allergic Reactions
- Tumor Lysis Syndrome
- Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Secondary Leukemia
- Neurological Effects
- Ocular Toxicity
Dosage of Epithra 50 mg
Epithra 50 Mg Injection contains an active ingredient, Epirubicin, which is used in the treatment of breast cancer. This medicine is available in different strengths and substitutes & must be purchased or given on doctor’s prescription only. You should consult your doctor for dosage and time because age and severity of the disease differ from person to person and it can only be judged by your doctor.
Other Dosages of Epithra 50mg
How to Manage Side Effects
- Contact Healthcare Provide
- Common Side Effects
- Monitor Blood Pressure
- Avoid Allergens
- Use as Prescribed
- Carry Medication Always
- Proper Storage
- Training for Use
- Emergency Contacts
- Keep Track of Expiration Date
- Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
- Report Allergic Reactions
- Maintain Hydration
- Avoid Driving
Warning & Precaution
- Liver/kidney disease
- You must use appropriate contraception during treatment with Epirubicin, if you are women of childbearing potential
- Male patients should not to father a child during & for 6 months after stopping Epirubicin treatment
- You must not drink fluids for 12 hours before the treatment if Epirubicin is to be used in the bladder
- You must get regular blood tests done to monitor your blood cells & liver function during treatment with this medicine
- You should not drive or operate machinery while taking this medicine as it may cause asthenia
- Always consult with your doctor immediately to get best possible treatment when you are suffering from any of the above mentioned conditions.
- Medical Supervision: Use Epithra 50 under the guidance and supervision of a healthcare professional.
- Allergies and Medical History: Inform your doctor about any known allergies, medical conditions, or previous adverse reactions to medications, especially epinephrine or similar drugs.
- Emergency Use Only: Epithra 50 is intended for emergency situations, such as severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Do not use it for non-emergencies or as a substitute for proper medical treatment.
- Proper Use: Learn how to use the auto-injector correctly and be familiar with the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Seek training from your healthcare provider if necessary.
- Carry Epinephrine at All Times: If you have a history of severe allergies or anaphylaxis, always carry Epithra 50 auto-injector with you, and ensure it is not expired
- Two-Dose Requirement: In some cases of severe allergic reactions, a second dose of Epithra 50 may be necessary. Always carry an extra auto-injector as prescribed by your doctor.
- Avoid Exposure to Extreme Temperatures: Protect Epithra 50 from extreme heat or cold, as it may affect its efficacy.
- Children and Elderly: Special care and appropriate dosing adjustments may be required for children and elderly individuals. Consult your healthcare provider for guidance.
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using Epithra 50 to assess potential risks and benefits.
- Drug Interactions: Inform your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements, to avoid potential drug interactions
- Heart Conditions: Epinephrine may affect heart rate and blood pressure. Inform your doctor if you have any pre-existing heart conditions or high blood pressure.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Epithra 50 used for?
Ans. Epithra 50 is used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by insect stings/bites, certain foods, medications, or other allergens.
2. How does Epithra 50 work?
Ans. Epithra 50 works by stimulating certain receptors in the body, which Ans. helps to reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing, swelling, and low blood pressure.
3. How is Epithra 50 administered?
Ans. Epithra 50 is available as an auto-injector, which is designed for easy self-administration in emergency situations. The injector is usually injected into the thigh.
4. Can I use Epithra 50 for mild allergic reactions?
Ans. No, Epithra 50 should only be used in severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis. For mild allergic reactions, consult your doctor for appropriate treatment options.