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Temozolomide is used to treat specific types of brain cancer (eg, glioblastoma multiforme, anaplastic astrocytoma) in patients whose tumors have returned or whose tumors have just been diagnosed. It belongs to the group of medicines known as antineoplastics (cancer medicines).
Temozolomide interferes with the growth of cancer cells, which are then destroyed by the body. Since the growth of normal body cells may also be affected by temozolomide, other side effects may occur. Some of these may be serious and must be reported to your doctor. Some side effects may not occur for months or years after the medicine is used.
Before you begin treatment with temozolomide, you and your doctor should talk about the risks and benefits of this medicine.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
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 conditions:
Metastatic melanoma (a 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 in children as treatment for brain tumors that are getting worse or not responding to treatment).
This product is available in the following dosage forms: