ZYTAX 20mg Injection

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Drug Information for ZYTAX 20mg Injection

What is ZYTAX 20mg Injection used for?

ZYTAX 20mg Injection is used for the treatment of various cancers, such as lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, head and stomach cancers. 

ZYTAX 20mg Injection may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does ZYTAX 20mg Injection work?

ZYTAX 20mg Injection belongs to the class of drugs called anti-neoplastic agents. This drug acts by disrupting the microtubule structures in the cell, which are essential for cell division, and ultimately results in cell death. Thus, it helps in inhibiting the replication of the cancer cells.

How to administer ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual.

ZYTAX 20mg Injection injection should be administered under medical supervision. Do not self-medicate.

If you miss a dose of ZYTAX 20mg Injection injection, please consult the doctor immediately.

The overdose symptoms of ZYTAX 20mg Injection may include:

  • Bone marrow suppression
  • Peripheral neurotoxicity
  • Mucositis

You must seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?

Drugs that interact with ZYTAX 20mg Injection include the following:

  • Atorvastatin
  • Clozapine
  • Diltiazem

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?

The following are the most common side effects of  ZYTAX 20mg Injection :

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Weight gain
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Skin rash
  • Chest discomfort
  • Burning and numbness in feet/hands
  • Swelling of face/hands/feet

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?

  • Avoid receiving the medicine if you are allergic to ZYTAX 20mg Injection or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of ZYTAX 20mg Injection .
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if ZYTAX 20mg Injection causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Avoid ZYTAX 20mg Injection during pregnancy and breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Avoid activities that could cause bruises and injuries.
  • Avoid being in crowds as ZYTAX 20mg Injection decreases immunity and makes you more prone to infections.

What should you tell  your doctor before receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of blurred vision, liver or kidney diseases.
  • Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions about ZYTAX 20mg Injection

  1. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?
  2. Yes, it is advised to monitor complete blood cell counts, liver enzymes and kidney function regularly before and after receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection .

  3. What are the contraindications of ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?
  4. ZYTAX 20mg Injection is contraindicated in patients with low neutrophil counts and hypersensitivity to the drug.

  5. Can I get pregnant while receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?
  6. No, it is not advised to get pregnant while receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection . Please notify your doctor if you are pregnant. It is advised to take birth control pills while receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection .

  7. Can I receive any vaccines while receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?
  8. No, it is not advisable to receive any vaccines while receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection . Please consult your doctor if your vaccine is due during the course.

  9. Can I exercise while receiving ZYTAX 20mg Injection ?
  10. Yes. However, it is not advised to exercise in the sun. Use protective clothing or sunscreen before prolonged exposure to the sun.


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