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Biovorin 15mg Tablet
Salt Composition : Calcium Leucovorin/calcium Folinate
Manufacturer : ZYDUS CADILA
Origin of Medicine : India
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Introduction to Biovorin 15mg Tablet
Biovorin 15mg tablet is an anticancer drug belonging to the class of detoxifying agents, containing the active ingredient Calcium Leucovorin/Calcium Folinate. It is used in the treatment of megaloblastic anaemia (the presence of large, immature, and dysfunctional red blood cells (megaloblasts) in the bone marrow). It is also used to enhance the effectiveness of 5-fluorouracil in the treatment of certain cancers, by increasing the efficacy of the drug while reducing its toxicity. This drug can also be used in the treatment of overdosage of folic acid antagonists. Additionally it also helps to protect healthy cells by "rescuing" them from the toxic effects of the chemotherapy drug.
This drug is contraindicated in patients who have hypersensitivity reactions. This medicine may cause allergic reactions in some people. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, and a rapid heartbeat. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately. Excessive biovorin 15mg tablet doses must be avoided since this might impair the antitumor activity of methotrexate, especially in CNS tumours where calcium folinate accumulates after repeated courses.
There are no indications that folic acid induces harmful effects if administered during pregnancy and it is not known whether this drug can cause foetal harm, when administered to pregnant women. This drug should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed. This medicine can be used during breastfeeding when considered necessary according to the therapeutic indications. Tell your physician about all the medications you have been taking recently, including herbal medicines and supplements, before taking biovorin 15mg tablet.
Uses of Biovorin 15mg Tablet
- Treatment of Megaloblastic Anaemia
- Reduce the toxicity of methotrexate
- Overdose of Folic Acid Antagonists
- Enhance the effectiveness of 5-fluorouracil
Therapeutic Effects of Biovorin 15mg Tablet
Biovorin 15mg tablet works by enhancing the effects of folic acid in the body. It is taken up by cells through a specific transporter protein and converted into the active form of folic acid, which can be used by cells to produce DNA and form new cells. This drug is given after methotrexate to help rescue normal cells that require folate for their growth.
Interaction of Biovorin 15mg Tablet with other drugs
Inform your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, nutritional or vitamin supplements, and herbal products. Certain medications may interact with biovorin 15mg tablet and reduce effectiveness by causing undesirable side effects.
More Information about Biovorin 15mg Tablet
- Store biovorin 15mg tablet at room temperature below 25°.
- Keep it out of reach from children and pets.
How to consume Biovorin 15mg Tablet
Take biovorin 15mg tablet exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not self-administer this medicine. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. The dose of the biovorin 15mg tablet will be decided by your doctor based on your disease condition and other factors.
Safety Advices for Biovorin 15mg Tablet
It is not known whether biovorin 15mg tablet can cause foetal harm, when administered to pregnant women. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy during the treatment.
It is not known if biovorin 15mg tablet passes into your breast milk or if it will affect your baby. Please consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
It is not known whether biovorin 15mg tablet can be administered to patients with lung problems. Consult your doctor if you have any lung diseases before starting the treatment.
Inform your doctor if you have any liver problems before taking biovorin 15mg tablet. Regular monitoring of liver function tests is recommended.
It is unknown whether consuming alcohol interacts with the biovorin 15mg tablet. Please consult your doctor for more advice.
It is completely safe to drive after taking the biovorin 15mg tablet.
Side Effects of Biovorin 15mg Tablet
Side effects are unwanted symptoms caused by medicines. Even though all drugs cause side effects, not everyone gets them.
- Reduced number of blood cells
- Inflammation in the lining of mouth and intestine
- Severe allergic reactions
- Nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhoea
- Redness and swelling of palms of hands and soles of feet
Word of Advice
Special care is needed if you are elderly and you are about to receive any fluorouracil treatment and biovorin 15mg tablet at the same time in case you undergo radiotherapy or stomach trouble. Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Q 1. What are the special precautions I should be aware of before starting treatment with Biovorin 15mg tablet?
Biovorin 15mg tablet is eliminated from the body primarily through the kidneys. Patients with impaired kidney function may need a lower dose or less frequent dosing of this drug.
Q 2. Can Bbblet be used in combination with other drugs?
Yes, biovorin 15mg tablet is used as an antidote to reduce the toxic effects of methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug that is used to treat certain types of cancer.
Q 3. What does biovorin 15mg tablet do to your body?
Biovorin 15mg tablet works by supplying the body with the necessary folate, which is required for the production of red blood cells, DNA synthesis, and other important cellular functions.
Q 4. When you must not be given biovorin 15mg tablet?
Biovorin 15mg tablet should not be given to patients who have had an allergic reaction to it or any of its components.
Q 5. What is biovorin 15mg tablet rescue?
Biovorin 15mg tablet rescue is typically used in cancer treatment, particularly in the treatment of leukaemia and lymphoma. This involves administering calcium folinate to patients who are receiving high-dose methotrexate treatment. The calcium folinate helps to reduce the toxic effects of methotrexate on healthy cells by providing a form of folic acid that can be used by the body to make new cells and DNA.
Q 6. Can I drive after receiving a biovorin 15mg tablet injection?
It is generally safe to drive after receiving a biovorin 15mg tablet. However, you may experience dizziness or drowsiness as a side effect, which may impair your ability to operate a vehicle or heavy machinery. It is important to wait until you feel fully alert and able to function normally before driving.
Fact Box of Biovorin 15mg Tablet
Molecule name: Calcium Leucovorin/Calcium Folinate
Therapeutic class: Anti-cancer
Pharmacological class: Detoxifying agents
1. Treatment of Megaloblastic Anaemia
2. Reduce the toxicity of methotrexate
3. Treatment of Overdosage of Folic Acid Antagonists
4. Enhance the effectiveness of 5-fluorouracil
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