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Induz Capsule

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Overview

Introduction

Induz Capsule is used alone or with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation, to treat early breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It can also be used as the first line treatment of advanced breast cancer that has spread within the breast or to other areas of the body.

Induz Capsule is also helpful in the treatment of infertility. It belongs to a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, which decreases the amount of estrogen in the body. It can be taken with or without food, but take it at the same time to get the most benefit. It should be taken as your doctor's advice. The dose and how often you take it depends on what you are taking it for. Your doctor will decide how much you need to improve your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. You should take this medicine for as long as it is prescribed for you.

The most common side effects of medicine include hot flashes, fatigue, increased sweating, and  Increased level of cholesterol (hypercholesterolaemia).  If these bother you, or appear serious, let your doctor know. There may be ways of reducing or preventing them. Some side effects may mean you should inform your doctor immediately include vaginal bleeding, swelling of face, rash, and thinning of bones.

Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, or you had a history of osteoporosis (thinning or wasting of bones).  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. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your doctor may perform some blood tests to check for vitamin D level or bone density before and thereafter treatment.

Uses of Induz Capsule

Side effects of Induz 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 Induz

  • Fatigue
  • Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
  • Increased sweating

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 Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
    Talk to your doctor about this. You may need medicines to lower the amount of cholesterol and other fats in your blood. You can help yourself in a number of ways. Eat less fatty food, especially food that contains “saturated” fat. So, try to avoid fatty meat, butter, ghee, cheese, cakes and biscuits, and food containing coconut oil or palm oil. Eat more fruits and vegetables, brown rice and bread, nuts, seeds and oily fish. Exercise more. Try walking, swimming or cycling but find something you enjoy. Stop smoking and reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. Drink plenty of water and try to get a good night’s sleep.
  • 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.

How to use Induz Capsule

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

How Induz Capsule works

Induz Capsule is an aromatase inhibitor. It works by decreasing the amount of estrogen (natural female hormone) produced in the body. This decrease in estrogen can slow down or stop the growth of some breast cancers that need estrogen to grow. In addition, it is also useful in infertility whereby it increases the release of certain hormones to stimulate the release of eggs from the ovaries.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
SAFE
Consuming alcohol with Induz Capsule does not cause any harmful side effects.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Induz Capsule 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
Induz Capsule is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Induz Capsule may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Induz Capsule is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Induz Capsule is recommended.
However, there is limited information on the use of this medicine in patients with end stage kidney disease. Please consult with your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Induz Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Induz Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Induz Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Induz 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.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • You have been prescribed Induz Capsule for the treatment of breast cancer or infertility due to anovulation.
  • It can be taken with or without food.
  • Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Induz Capsule affects you.
  • It may cause increased sweating and hot flushes. Try to keep cool by wearing light and airy clothes.
  • Your doctor may monitor your cholesterol level and bone mineral density (BMD) regularly as Induz Capsule can alter their levels.
  • Do not take Induz Capsule if you are pregnant or breastfeeding 

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Induz 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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Breast pain not able to sleep already take test no cancer but pain
Dr. Megha Tuli
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Hi Rajeshwari. Breast pain can be due to hormonal changes as well. Please visit a gynaecologist in your area for a thorough evaluation.
If any symtom of brest cancer if have whats the cure
Dr. Sanjay Singh Rai
Medical Oncology and Hematology
First is confirmation of breast cancerChance of cure depends on stage of cancer
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FAQs

Q. Why have I been prescribed Induz?

Induz is an aromatase inhibitor. It is generally prescribed to treat breast cancer in women who no longer have periods, either due to menopause or after surgery or chemotherapy. It is also used to treat infertility caused due to anovulation (during menstrual cycle egg cell from ovaries is not released).

Q. How does Induz work?

Induz is also known as an anti-estrogen drug. It is called so because it acts by reducing the production of estrogen in your body by blocking the enzyme aromatase, which is responsible for production of estrogen. Estrogen stimulates the production of certain types of breast cancer in your body. These cancers are called "estrogen-dependent cancers". Reducing the production of estrogen may prevent the cancer from growing.

Q. For how long should I take Induz?

If the breast tumor is in advanced stage or has spread to other parts of the body, it is recommended that you continue taking Induz till the tumor shows progression. In cases where Induz is given after tamoxifen (another anti-estrogen used for breast cancer) or surgery, it should be given for 5 years or until tumor comes back, whichever is first. It can also be given as a sequential treatment; 2 years of Induz followed by 3 years of tamoxifen.

Q. If I am taking irbesartan to control my blood pressure, can I take Induz?

Yes, you can take irbesartan and Induz together. However, be careful and keep a regular check on your blood pressure since Induz may increase your blood pressure. Consult your doctor in case you have problems controlling your blood pressure.

Q. Does Induz affect vision?

Although it is very uncommon but Induz may cause cataract. So, if you experience blurred vision or eye irritation, consult your doctor immediately.

Q. My friend who is taking Induz often sweats a lot. Is it because of Induz?

This could be a sign of hot flushes which is a very common side effect of Induz. It happens due to decreased estrogen levels. The frequency of hot flushes reduces once your body adjusts to Induz. However, in some people the flushes and sweats may continue during the treatment and stop a few months after the treatment finishes. You can consult your doctor who will provide you a remedy if it is very bothersome.

Q. What are the serious side effects of Induz?

The serious side effects do not occur in everyone and very few people experience them. The serious side effects of Induz include stroke, angina, heart attack, blood clotting, cataract, osteoporosis and severe skin reactions.

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