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CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule

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Overview

Introduction

CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule belongs to a group of medicines called retinoids, which are similar to vitamin A. It is used to treat a type of blood problem called acute promyelocytic leukaemia. It works by slowing the growth of certain types of diseased blood cells.

CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule works by slowing the growth of certain types of diseased blood cells. It should be taken with food, preferably at the same time, each day, to avoid a missed dose. It may take several weeks for your symptoms to improve but keep using it regularly to get the most benefit. If you notice no improvement after a few weeks, see your doctor again. Using more medicine or applying it more often than prescribed will not make it work any faster and may increase side effects.

The most common side effects include headache, fever, dry skin and rash. They are not usually serious and often disappear after getting used to the cream but if they bother you or do not go away, tell your doctor. You may need to apply smaller amounts or use it less often. Serious side effects are rare.

CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule may make you more sensitive to sunlight so you should limit exposure to the sun if possible. Drink plenty of water and use moisturizer as it may lead to dryness of the mouth, lips and eyes. It may make your skin more fragile. It is advised, not to have any waxing (hair removal), or laser treatments during treatment. This medicine may lead to birth defects, do consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

Uses of CA Atra Capsule

  • Acute promyelocytic leukaemia

Side effects of CA Atra Capsule

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of CA Atra

  • Erythema (skin redness)
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Dry skin
  • Bone pain
  • Rash
  • Visual impairment
  • Hair loss
  • Increased sweating
  • Mucosal inflammation
  • Application site pain
  • Skin irritation
  • Sore throat
  • Dryness
  • Skin exfoliation

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Dry skin
    Use mild cleansing creams or soaps rather than harsh or perfumed ones. Use warm water (not hot) and do not spend too long in the bath or shower. Long bathing hours or using harsh soaps can wash away natural oils. Dry your skin gently with a towel and apply moisturizer immediately after washing. Do not use alcohol-based products on your skin. Choose clothing fabrics that will not irritate your skin.
  • Coping with Bone pain
    Try to keep your joints moving. Get some gentle exercise like walking or cycling. Using hot and cold treatments on the joints can help reduce pain temporarily. Concentrate on your breathing when you are in pain. Try to get enough sleep. Practice some relaxation techniques or mediation. Avoid smoking as it can worsen your condition. Losing weight can make a big difference to the amount of pain. Ask your doctor to recommend some suitable painkillers if the pain bothers you or does not go away.
  • Coping with Rash, Skin irritation, and Skin exfoliation
    There are many treatments for a wide range of skin problems. Avoid hot showers or baths because hot water can irritate the skin. Make sure to pat dry your skin after a bath or shower. Do not rub or scratch the affected area. Leave the skin exposed to the air as much as possible. Do not use perfumed soaps or deodorants. Water containing chlorine can make most skin problems worse, so avoid swimming. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke and caffeine as it may also make itching worse. Avoid excessive sun exposure. Always use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Moisturizers can be used regularly to soothe and hydrate the affected area. If it does not get better within a week, speak to a pharmacist or doctor.
  • Coping with Hair loss
    Use gentle hair products such as baby shampoo. Use a soft brush and comb gently. Avoid using hairdryers, curling tongs or hair straighteners and pat your hair dry after washing. Do not color your hair. Protect your scalp by covering your head in the sun. It is necessary to not take the stress and eat a balanced, nutritious diet as it is vital for the health of your hair.
  • Coping with Increased sweating
    Try wearing loose, light-weighted, and breathable clothing. Use a strong antiperspirant and keep yourself cool with a fan. Changing your shoes and socks often might also help. Try cutting down on coffee, tea, and alcohol as they can increase your body temperature and promote sweating. Avoid spicy foods, this will help you deal with excessive sweating. If this does not help, talk to your doctor about other possible medications.
  • Coping with Sore throat
    Try gargling with warm salt water as it can help soothe a scratchy throat and relieve the discomfort. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Consider lozenges or hard candy. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they can dry out your throat and aggravate the symptoms. Also, avoid smoking or smoky places. Warm tea that is sweetened with honey can also soothe your irritated throat. Get plenty of rest and consider using a humidifier if the air in your home is dry. If it does not get better or get worse, talk to your doctor for advice.
  • Coping with Dryness
    Use mild cleansing creams or soaps rather than harsh or perfumed ones. Use warm water (not hot) and do not spend too long in the bath or shower. Long bathing hours or using harsh soaps can wash away natural oils. Dry your skin gently with a towel and apply moisturizer immediately after washing. Do not use alcohol-based products on your skin. Choose clothing fabrics that will not irritate your skin.

How to use CA Atra Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule is to be taken with food.

How CA Atra Capsule works

CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule is a form of vitamin A. To treat blood cancer, it works by slowing the growth of certain types of diseased blood cells, and promotes the growth of normal, mature cells in the bone marrow and blood. This helps to treat blood cancer (acute promyelocytic leukemia).

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Your ability to drive might be impaired while you are taking CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule, especially if you are feeling dizzy or have a severe headache.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
However, a cautious use of this medicine is advised in these patients.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
However, a cautious use of this medicine is advised in these patients.

What if you forget to take CA Atra Capsule?

If you miss a dose of CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule
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Quick Tips

  • CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule helps in the treatment of blood cancer.
  • Take it with or just after food.
  • This medicine is usually taken until there is no sign of cancer (you are in remission) or for a maximum of 90 days.
  • Chemotherapy may be started during treatment with this medicine, or immediately after you stop taking it.
  • Do not take CA Atra 10 Softgel Capsule if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding as it can cause birth defects in babies.
  • Use a reliable contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medicine and for 1 month after you stop taking it.
  • Do not take any kinds of vitamin supplements without talking to your doctor first.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor your blood lipid levels, liver function, blood cell count in your blood.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Retinoids
Habit Forming
No

Patient Concerns

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My mother is pancreatic cancer patient So give me a best treatment
Dr. Sanjay Singh Rai
Medical Oncology and Hematology
She need more testsTumor markers CA 19.9, CEA LEVEL, CA 125 LEVEL
Loss of Libido, loss of firmness, dont get full erection, strength. However the nerve at penis responds well. Had checked with andrologist, he suggested Forzest 20 mg before the act, but gives bad headache for following 2 days and leaves me with red eyes. Please suggest. If anything to follow
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FAQs

Q. Can I undergo cosmetic procedures while taking CA Atra?

Your doctor will decide whether you can continue taking or stop taking CA Atra before cosmetic procedures. However, it is advised to not undergo hair removal or laser treatments while using CA Atra. Please inform your doctor about all the medicines you are taking before starting the treatment with this medicine. Also, consult the doctor before starting any cosmetic procedure.

Q. Is it safe to use CA Atra?

Yes, CA Atra is safe to use when taken as advised by your doctor. However, like all medicines, even this medicine has some side effects, but it is not necessary that anyone who is taking these medicines might get these side effects. Please talk to your doctor if you get any unpleasant effects while taking this medicine.

Q. How long am I supposed to use CA Atra?

Your doctor will decide the duration of your treatment depending on the severity of your disease and the results of your lab tests. Usually, the treatment with CA Atra takes around 4-5 months.

Q. I am taking CA Atra. What should I do if I am planning to become pregnant?

It is important to consult your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant while taking CA Atra. Ideally, pregnancy is not advised because this medicine can harm your baby. However, if you do get pregnant during the treatment with CA Atra, consult your doctor.

Q. Why does CA Atra cause dry skin, dry lips and dry nose? How to manage these?

One of the most common side effects of CA Atra includes dryness of skin, nose and lips. CA Atra reduces the secretion of oil which results in skin dryness. Dryness due to CA Atra can be managed by applying moisturizers or lubricants like Vaseline. You can also apply lip balm to relieve cracked and dry lips. Drink enough water to keep our body hydrated.

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