Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Temodar

Descriptions


Temozolomide belongs to the general group of medicines known as antineoplastics. It is used to treat specific types of cancer of the brain in adults whose tumors have returned and whose tumors have just been diagnosed.

Temozolomide seems to interfere with the growth of cancer cells, which are then eventually destroyed by the body. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by temozolomide, other effects will also occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor.

Before you begin treatment with temozolomide, you and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of using it.

Temozolomide is to be administered only by or under the immediate supervision of your doctor.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling, temozolomide is used in certain patients with the following medical condition:

  • Metastatic melanoma (a certain type of skin cancer that has spread to other areas of the body, including the brain)
  • Relapsed, refractory, or progressive malignant gliomas, as monotherapy in pediatric patients (used alone as treatment for brain tumors that are getting worse or not responding to treatment in children) .

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsule