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Folitrax 50 Injection

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Overview

Introduction

Folitrax 50 Injection is a medicine used for treatment of cancer in various parts of the body such as breasts, head, neck, lungs, blood, bone, lymph, and uterus. It may be used with other medicines as part of combination therapy.

Folitrax 50 Injection is given under the supervision of a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. 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 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

Side effects of Folitrax Injection

Common
  • 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 50 Injection is an anti-cancer medication. It works by blocking an enzyme (dihydrofolate reductase) involved in DNA synthesis in cancer cells. This slows the growth of cancer cells and eventually kills them.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Folitrax 50 Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Folitrax 50 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 50 Injection is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Folitrax 50 Injection may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Folitrax 50 Injection should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Folitrax 50 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 50 Injection should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Folitrax 50 Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Folitrax 50 Injection is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

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Quick Tips

  • Folitrax 50 Injection helps treat various types of cancer such as blood cancer, bone cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), breast cancer, lung cancer, head and neck cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and testicular cancer.
  • 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 50 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.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood test done to monitor your kidney function, liver function and level of blood cells in your blood.

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Patient Concerns

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My child having JIA, i use Folitrax 50mg injection every week . How to recover
Vipul Aggarwal
Pl consult a rheumatologist for same
HLA-B27 Positive; suffering from back pain since last 10 year, started at sacroiliac joint; now throughout the cervical and lumber as well. Feels absolute normal if I take etoshine-90 once a day ( First started in 2014 and had it for 6 months). But stopped it fearing long term side effect. Now I take it as and when the pain becomes unbearable ( cannot roll in bed or chest feels bursting when I sneeze). But again after a pill of etoshine-90, life seems normal. If I re-start the continuous dose, how long at a stretch can I have this medicine
Dr. Akshat Goel
Orthopaedics
You can continue it for about 2 months at a time But that's not the right treatmentYou should meet a Rheumatologist And start DMARDsLike Folitrax, Folvite, Saaz etcAs of now you start taking Tab Folitrax 15mg once weekly(every Sunday) and Tab Folvite-MB once daily (Mon to Sat) (skip on Sunday)
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FAQs

Q. Can Folitrax cause mouth ulcers?

Yes, Folitrax 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?

Folic acid is required to make new cells in the body and Folitrax decreases the folic acid levels in the body. By taking folic acid some of the common side effects like mouth ulcers, hair loss, nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain, fatigue, anemia and liver problems can be reduced.

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

Regular blood tests will help your doctor to check your response to Folitrax 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 use make me more prone to infections?

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

Q. Can Folitrax affect fertility?

Yes, it may affect fertility in both males and females. There may be a decrease in sperm count in males and menstrual disturbances in females. 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?

You should avoid pregnancy if your husband is taking Folitrax. Also, avoid pregnancy for a minimum of 3 months after the therapy as it can lead to serious fetal abnormalities.

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References
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