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Cytodrox Capsule

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Overview

Introduction

Cytodrox Capsule is used in the treatment of some kinds of cancer and to prevent painful episodes associated with sickle cell anemia. It may be also used to treat some other conditions. It is sometimes used with certain other medicines as part of combination chemotherapy.

Cytodrox Capsule can be taken with or without food, but try to have it at the same time every day to get the most benefits. 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.

The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and sore mouth. This medicine may reduce the number of blood cells in your blood thereby, increasing the susceptibility to infections. Regular blood tests are required to check your blood cells along with kidney, liver and heart function during treatment with this medicine.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have bleeding, liver, or kidney problems or are taking any medicines to treat infections. Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your doctor know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.

Side effects of Cytodrox Capsule

Common
  • Increased bleeding tendency
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood platelets
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting

How to use Cytodrox Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Cytodrox Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Cytodrox Capsule works

In cancer, Cytodrox Capsule works by blocking an enzyme (ribonucleotide reductase) which is required for synthesis of DNA. This prevents the cancer cells from growing and multiplying. In sickle cell disease, it works by increasing fetal haemoglobin (HbF) levels in red blood cells (RBCs). This helps the RBCs assume a normal shape, improves blood flow and protects against complications such as painful sickle cell episodes.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Cytodrox Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Cytodrox 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
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Cytodrox Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Cytodrox Capsule may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Cytodrox Capsule should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Cytodrox Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function test and some blood tests may be advised while you are taking this medicine.
Liver
CAUTION
Cytodrox Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Cytodrox Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

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Patient Concerns

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I'm sickle cell patient now strong pain occurs what i can do ,my MRI report uploaded
Dr. Kamal Rijhwani
Physician
There is sickle cell society in NagpurFind on net and consult
the injection said is Haemaz fort Injection of 5 ml, total 4 nos. injection is injected to sickle cell disease patient, if Hb is 7 gram, what will be the effect to patient?
Dr. Pushkar Mani
Physician
we dont treat sickle cell anaemia online, u need to consult hematologist
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