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Folitrax 10mg Injection

Prescription Required
SALT COMPOSITION
Storage
Store at room temperature (10-30°C)

Introduction

Folitrax 10mg Injection is a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis where it can prevent further joint damage. It is also used to treat severe forms of a skin disease called psoriasis by killing cells in the skin which are growing too quickly and to treat tumors in a range of cancers.

Folitrax 10mg Injection is given under the supervision of a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. It may be used by itself or in combination with other medicines. 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. You should avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage.

The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, tiredness, and mouth sores. Your doctor may advise you to take folic acid to reduce some of these. If they do not go away or get worse, tell your doctor. There may be ways of preventing or reducing these effects. It is a very strong medicine and some people may develop serious side effects while taking it. This medicine may lower your ability to fight infections and lead to problems with your blood, liver, or kidneys. Your doctor will advise you regular blood tests to check for these.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, have stomach, 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 healthcare team know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It may harm your baby. You and your partner should avoid becoming pregnant or fathering a child for several months after your treatment with it has stopped. Your doctor may perform several tests such as blood tests, X-rays, and physical examinations both before and during treatment with this medicine.

Uses of Folitrax Injection

Benefits of Folitrax Injection

In Rheumatoid arthritis

Folitrax 10mg Injection works by decreasing the activity of the body's immune system. It helps reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling in your joints and slow down the progression of bone and joint damage. This will help you do normal daily activities more easily and thus improve your quality of life. This medicine should be used at the same time each day to get maximum benefits. Keep using it even if you feel well because it is preventing future harm as well as improving your symptoms.

In Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a condition where the skin cells in the body grow too quickly. Folitrax 10mg Injection works by killing these fast-growing cells and slowing down its rapid growth. Use it exactly as prescribed and for as long as it is prescribed to get the most benefit. It may take several months to become fully effective. You should avoid drinking alcohol while having this treatment and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Side effects of Folitrax Injection

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 Folitrax

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)

How to use Folitrax Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Folitrax Injection works

Folitrax 10mg Injection is an immunosuppressant. In rheumatoid arthritis, it works by decreasing the activity of the body's immune system. This decreases swelling, reduces pain and stiffness, and improves function. In psoriasis, it works by slowing down the rapid growth of skin cells.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Folitrax 10mg Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Folitrax 10mg Injection is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
UNSAFE
Folitrax 10mg Injection is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Folitrax 10mg Injection may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Folitrax 10mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Folitrax 10mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function test is advised while you are taking this medicine.
Liver
CAUTION
Folitrax 10mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Folitrax 10mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Folitrax 10mg Injection is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • It  is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneously), usually in the upper thigh or the abdomen.
  • Take it once a week, on the same day every week.
  • Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated while taking this  medication.
  • Always take folic acid as advised by your doctor. This will help lessen the side effects of this medicine.
  • It may take 6 to 8 weeks for Folitrax 10mg Injection to work. Keep taking the medication as prescribed.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as it may increase the risk of side effects.
  • It can be harmful to an unborn baby. Avoid pregnancy for at least 6 months after your last dose.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Glutamic Acid Derivative
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI NEOPLASTICS

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Folitrax with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

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Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis Now she is medicating with lefno 20 mg n folitrax 20 mg
Dr. Akshat Goel
Orthopaedics
Refer to a Rheumatologist
Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for 2 yrs, feeling pain in left hand ,can't move the hand,ecg shows LVH.
Dr. Akshat Goel
Orthopaedics
Take Tab Folitrax 15mg once weekly and Tab Folvite-MR once daily and Tab Saaz-500 twice daily for 1 monthalso consult a Rheumatologist
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FAQs

Q. Can Folitrax 10mg Injection cause mouth ulcers?

Yes, Folitrax 10mg Injection can cause a sore mouth and mouth ulcers as side effects in some cases. Taking folic acid along with this medicine may help in reducing the ulcers. Ask your doctor if the dose can be reduced as dose reduction may further help in reducing the ulcers.

Q. Why do I have to take folic acid with Folitrax 10mg Injection?

Folic acid is required to make new cells in the body and Folitrax 10mg Injection decreases the folic acid levels in the body. Folic acid can help reduce some of the common side effects of Folitrax 10mg Injection such as mouth ulcers, hair loss, nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain, fatigue, anemia and liver problems.

Q. Why do I need to take regular blood tests while taking Folitrax 10mg Injection?

Regular blood tests will help your doctor to check your response to Folitrax 10mg Injection and monitor you for side effects. You will need to regularly check your liver function and your blood counts (white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets). Your doctor may also order additional tests depending on the results.

Q. Can Folitrax 10mg Injection use make me more prone to infections?

Folitrax 10mg Injection may decrease the activity of your immune system. As a result, you may develop serious infections. There have been rare reports which suggest occurrence of serious lung infections with Folitrax 10mg Injection use. If you have an active infection, Folitrax 10mg Injection should be used with extreme caution.

Q. Can Folitrax 10mg Injection affect fertility?

Yes, Folitrax 10mg Injection may affect fertility in both males and females. It may cause a decrease in sperm count in males and menstrual disturbances in females. No need to worry, these effects are reversible and disappear once the therapy is discontinued.

Q. What to do if I am planning to become pregnant and my husband is taking Folitrax 10mg Injection?

You should avoid pregnancy if your husband is taking Folitrax 10mg Injection. Also, it is advised that pregnancy should be further avoided for a minimum of 3 months after the therapy as it can lead to serious fetal abnormalities.

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