Methofast 15mg Injection 3ml

Cancer/Oncology Rx required
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INTRODUCTION

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION contains Methotrexate which belongs to the group of medicines called Antimetabolites. METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is used to treat active rheumatoid arthritis in adults. It is also used to treat its polyarthritic forms (characterized by the involvement of five or more joints) which is severe, active and idiopathic in nature and affects young people (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – JIA). METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is also used to treat psoriasis.

In addition, METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is also used to treat Crohn’s disease and various cancers such as acute lymphocytic lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and bladder cancer etc.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, which means that your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake, causing inflammation (painful swelling) in the affected parts of the body. Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by itchy scales, that is not responsive to conventional treatment such as phototherapy and retinoids. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease affecting intestine.

Before getting METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION administered, it is recommended to inform the doctor about your medical and family history, including the list of medicines (prescription, non-prescription medicines and herbal medicines) that are being taken, before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

Also, METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended for the children less than the age of 3, pregnant and nursing women, women planning pregnancy, those who drink huge amount of alcohol and patients suffering from liver and kidney impairment.

Caution must be exercised by the patients suffering from lung disorders, blood disorders and gastric disorders before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION. Care must be taken to avoid taking products containing caffeine such as black tea, coffee and cold drinks while receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

The common side effects can be experienced after receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION are headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and altered levels of blood cells. Consult a doctor if any of the above side effect worsens after receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

USES OF METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION

It is used to treat:

  • active rheumatoid arthritis (adults)
  • severe arthritis occurring due to unknown reasons (idiopathic and juvenile which is non-responsive to conventional painkillers)
  • psoriasis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • polyarthritic forms
  • cancer (acute lymphocytic lymphoma, meningeal leukaemia (a type of cancer of white blood cells, ovary, breast, cervix, lungs, bones and bladder

HOW METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION WORKS

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION contains Methotrexate is a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARDs) which interferes with the growth of those cells in the body that reproduce quickly. As a result, growth of those cells gets retarded thus serving as an anti-tumour agent. Also, METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION decreases the undesired reactions of the body’s own immune-defence mechanism, thereby working as an effective immunosuppressant. In addition, it also exhibits anti-inflammatory effects, thereby reducing the pain, swelling and redness. As a result, METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION treats and resolves the symptoms associated with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION will be administered to you into a muscle (intramuscularly) only by a doctor or a nurse. Your doctor will administer the correct dose and duration for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition.

SIDE EFFECTS OF METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION

COMMON

  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • inflammation and ulcers in the mouth and throat
  • increase in the level of liver enzymes
  • decreased count of white and red blood cells
  • decreased count of platelets
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • drowsiness
  • inflammation of the lungs along production of with dry, non-productive cough and shortness of breath
  • fever
  • diarrhea (frequent loose stools)
  • development of itchy, rash and reddening of the skin
  • decreased resistance to infection

UNCOMMON

  • confusion
  • depression
  • fits
  • inflammation of blood vessels
  • liver disorders
  • diabetes
  • sensitivity to light
  • brown skin
  • loss of hair
  • increase of rheumatic nodules
  • viral infection
  • joint or muscle pain
  • porous bones (osteoporosis)
  • painful urination
  • severe allergic reactions
  • development of inflammation and ulcers (vagina)
  • eating disorder resulting in high weight loss (anorexia)
  • pain in chest
  • cough
  • inability to pass urine (dysuria)
  • nose bleeding
  • development of fatty liver
  • red eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • disturbances in the level of electrolytes

RARE

  • inflammation of the sac around the heart along with accumulation of fluid in the sac around the heart
  • severe vision disturbances  
  • mood fluctuations
  • low blood pressure  
  • blood clots
  • asthma (difficult breathing along with production of wheezing sound)
  • changed colour of nails
  • development of acne (pimples)
  • development of red or purple spots due to vessel bleeding
  • kidney problems
  • defective formation of sperm
  • menstruation disorders
  • nodulosis (small tissue growth at the hands and elbows, on Achilles tendons)
  • loss of libido / impotence
  • chills and fever (without any detectable pathogen)
  • immunosuppression
  • decreased resistance to infection
  • abnormal tissue cell changes
  • metabolic disorders
  • development of breasts in men
  • tinnitus (ringing sensation in ears)
  • sweating
  • inflammatory conditions of the heart
  • thromboembolic complications
  • plaque like erosions on skin
  • inflammation of pharynx and gingiva
  • stress fracture

Stop receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION and consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:  

  • sudden (acute) bleeding from lungs characterized by spitting and/or coughing blood
  • general weakness of muscles, disturbance in the vision, changes in pattern of thinking, memory and orientation that lead to confusion and changes in personality (Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy)
  • general illness along with dry, irritating cough and shortness of breath, breathlessness during rest, pain in chest or fever, indicative of lung problems
  • severe peeling and/or blisters on skin
  • unusual bleeding and formation of bruises
  • severe, frequent, loose stools (diarrhea)
  • presence of ulcers in mouth
  • black or tar like stools
  • presence of blood in urine and stools
  • yellowing of skin and eyes
  • increased thirst
  • fits (convulsions)
  • blurred and/or decreased vision
  • redness, swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, lips, mouth and throat leading to difficulty in swallowing and/or breathing
  • feeling of fainting
  • symptoms of infection such as fever, body ache and sore throat
  • severe headache along with stiffness in neck, fever, nausea and vomiting, indicative of inflamed membranes of brain (Acute aseptic meningitis)
  • severe skin rash such as blistering of skin indicative of Stevens Johnson syndrome or burned skin syndrome (toxic epidermal necrolysis/Lyell’s syndrome)

HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS

Headache:

Stay hydrated and take rest as much possible. Stay away from bright lights and loud sounds. Apply a pain-relieving balm on forehead. If headache persists or worsens, consult your doctor.

Dizziness:

Take adequate amount of rest and sleep. Stay hydrated and replenish yourself with electrolytes. Also, do not indulge in driving and using heavy machinery as it may prove to be dangerous.

Diarrhea:

Stick to simple meals. Avoid eating heavily rich or spicy food. Drink oral rehydration solution to compensate for the loss of water and minerals. Stay hydrated. Consult your doctor if it persists for long or worsens with time.

Nausea or Vomiting:

Stick to simple meals. Avoid eating heavily rich or spicy food. Stay hydrated. Consult your doctor if it persists for long or worsens with time.

WARNING & PRECAUTIONS

PREGNANCY

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended for if you are pregnant and/or are planning to become pregnant since it can be harmful to the foetus (growing baby) and lead to various malformations. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

BREASTFEEDING

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended if you are a nursing mother. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

DRIVING AND USING MACHINES

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended if you feel tired and/or dizzy after receiving the medicine. Consult your doctor prior to receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

ALCOHOL

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended if you consume large amount of alcohol. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

KIDNEY

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended if you are diagnosed with severe kidney disorder. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

LIVER

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended if you are diagnosed with severe liver disorder. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

ALLERGY

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended if you are allergic to Methotrexate and/or any other constituent of METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

LUNGS

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is recommended to be received with caution if you have issues with lung function and are diagnosed with ascites and pleural effusion. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

OTHERS

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended for use if you:

  • have blood disorders
  • have impaired immune system
  • have severe and/or an existing infection (Ex. Tuberculosis, HIV)
  • have ulcers in the gastro-intestinal tract
  • are receiving vaccinations containing live vaccines
  • have bone marrow suppression
  • have certain immunodeficiency syndromes
  • have scheduled a surgery (requires anaesthesia)
  • have ulcerative colitis characterized by bleeding from bowel
  • are malnourished

Before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION, inform your doctor if you:

  • have diabetes mellitus  
  • are overweight
  • have teeth infection such as an abscess in tooth
  • have increased and/or unusual bleeding or bruising
  • suffer folate deficiency of folate
  • are receiving radiotherapy for various conditions such as X-Rays, UV Rays

Use in pediatrics:

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended in children below the age of 3 years due to lack of safety data. If needed, your doctor will administer the right dose depends on your child’s age, body weight and disease condition. Consult the doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

Use in geriatrics:

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is recommended to be administered with caution and in lower dosage to elders due to diminished function of liver and kidneys and reduced folate levels in blood in old age. Consult the doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

INTERACTIONS

A. Drug-Drug Interactions:

Before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION, inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicine:

  • other medicines used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis (Ex. leflunomide, phenylbutazone or amidopyrine)
  • medicines used in organ transplantation to prevent organ rejection (Ex. azathioprine)
  • medicines used to treat skin conditions (Ex. retinoids)
  • medicines used to prevent fits (Ex. phenytoin)
  • medicines used in cancer
  • medicines used to induce sleep (Ex. barbiturates such as phenobarbitone)
  • medicines used to induce calmness and relieve anxiety (Ex. tranquilizers such as diazepam)
  • medicines used for oral contraception (Ex. estrogen)
  • medicines used to treat gout (Ex. probenecid)
  • medicines used to treat bacterial infections (Ex. amoxicillin)
  • medicines used to prevent and treat malaria (Ex. pyrimethamine)
  • medicines used to treat severe heartburn or ulcers (Ex. omeprazole)
  • medicines used to treat asthma (Ex. theophylline)
  • medicines used to suppress hyperactive immune system (Ex. diphenylhydantoin, amidopyrine derivatives)
  • medicines used to treat various infections (Ex. pyrimethamine and cotrimoxazole)
  • medicines used to treat increased cholesterol level (Ex. Cholestyramine)
  • medicines used to treat heart problems (Ex. Amiodarone)
  • medicines used to treat diabetes (Ex. Metformin)

B. Drug - Food Interactions:
It is recommended to avoid the consumption of drinks containing caffeine such as black tea, coffee, soft drinks to prevent dehydration.

Overdosage:
METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION will be administered only by a doctor or nurse in a hospital, and so it is unlikely to receive an overdose, contact your doctor immediately. However, if you experience any unusual symptoms like easy tendency to bruise or bleed, nausea, vomiting, feeling unusual weakness, along with development of mouth sores, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood and vomit that looks like coffee grounds, decreased urination.

SYNOPSIS

Drug :   Methotrexate
Pharmacological Category :   Anti-metabolites
Therapeutic Indication :   Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Cancer
Dosage Forms :   Injection, Gel, Capsule, Tablet

MORE INFORMATION

  • Keep METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION out of the reach and sight of children
  • Store METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION at a temperature below 25°C

FAQs ABOUT METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION

What is METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION used for?

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION contains Methotrexate which belongs to the group of medicines called Antimetabolites. It is used to treat active rheumatoid arthritis in adults. It is also used to treat its polyarthritic forms (characterized by the involvement of five or more joints) which is severe, active and idiopathic in nature and affects young people (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – JIA). METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is also used to treat psoriasis, which is a skin condition characterized by itchy scales, that is not responsive to conventional treatment such as phototherapy and retinoids.

Can I receive METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION in pregnancy?

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended for use in pregnant women and/or in women who are planning pregnancy because it can be harmful for the foetus (growing baby in the womb). Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

Can I receive METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION if I am breast feeding?

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended for nursing mothers due to lack of safety data. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

Can METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION be received by children?

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is not recommended to be received by children less than 3 years of age. Consult your doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

Can METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION be used by elderly?

METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION is recommended to be administered with caution and in lower dosage to elders due to diminished function of liver and kidneys and reduced folate levels in blood in old age. Consult the doctor before receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION.

Is there any specific food to avoid while receiving METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION?

It is recommended to avoid the consumption of drinks containing caffeine such as black tea, coffee, soft drinks along with METHOFAST 15MG INJECTION to prevent dehydration.

REFERENCES

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2. KD Tripathi. Anticancer Drugs. Essentials of medical pharmacology. Seventh edition. 2013. Page – 857. 

3. Brown, P.M., Pratt, A.G. and Isaacs, J.D., 2016. Mechanism of action of methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis, and the search for biomarkers. Nature Reviews Rheumatology. [Published on 27th October 2016] [Accessed on 21st October 2022] https://www.nature.com/articles/nrrheum.2016.175 

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USEFUL DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

  • Liver Function Tests
  • Kidney Function Tests
  • Complete Blood Count

PRODUCT DETAILS

    Net Qty
    1 N
    Item Weight
    10 g
    Ingredient
    METHOTREXATE 15MG
    Hsn Code
    30049042
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