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ONCO BCG 40MG INJECTION
Salt Composition : Bacillus Calmette-guerin Strain
Manufacturer : CIPLA LTD
Origin of Medicine : India
Introduction to Onco Bcg 40mg Injection
Onco BCG 40mg injection contains the active ingredient Bacillus calmette-guerin strain. It is an anticancer drug that belongs to the class of medications called vaccines. It is used to treat bladder cancer (a type of cancer that starts in the cells of the bladder, which is a hollow organ located in the lower abdomen).
Do not take this drug if you are allergic to it or any other ingredients of this medicine. Report to your physician if you face any symptoms of sudden difficulty in breathing, fever, redness or flushing of the skin, or a rash, nausea, or vomiting after the administration of the injection. This medicine is not recommended for children and young people under 18 years of age. Use an effective method of contraception while being treated with this injection. Avoid pregnancy and breastfeeding during the treatment, as it can cause harm to the foetus.
This injection is contraindicated in individuals with a weakened immune system. It is a live bacteria and can potentially cause infections in people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV, or cancer, or who are receiving immunosuppressive therapy. Onco BCG 40mg injection may not be recommended for individuals who have a history of tuberculosis, as it may not be effective in preventing a new infection or may interfere with the diagnosis of a new infection.
Uses of Onco Bcg 40mg Injection
- Bladder cancer
Therapeutic Effects of Onco Bcg 40mg Injection
Onco BCG 40mg Injection works by stimulating the immune system of the body to attack the cancer cells lining the bladder. When the injection is administered directly into the bladder, it activates the cells in the immune system to produce an immune response against the cancer cells, which helps to destroy them.
Interaction of Onco Bcg 40mg Injection with other drugs
Inform your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vaccines, nutritional and vitamin supplements, and herbal products. Certain medications may interact with Onco BCG 40mg injection and reduce its effectiveness by causing undesirable side effects.
More Information about Onco Bcg 40mg Injection
- Store Onco BCG 40mg injection in the refrigerator (2°C to 8°C)
- Do not freeze
- Keep the injection away from the reach of children and pets.
How to consume Onco Bcg 40mg Injection
Onco BCG 40mg injection will be given to you by a doctor or nurse in a hospital or clinic setting trained in cancer chemotherapy. The injection is usually given as an intravesical injection which is administered directly into the bladder through a catheter by your doctor. Do not self-administer the injection. Your doctor will decide the dose and duration of the treatment based on your disease severity, body weight, and other factors.
Safety Advices for Onco Bcg 40mg Injection
Onco BCG 40mg injection is unsafe to administer in pregnant women because it may affect the fetus. Inform your physician if you are pregnant, suspect pregnancy, or planning to become pregnant. Using an effective birth control method during the treatment and for 3 months after your last dose is necessary.
Breastfeeding is not recommended in patients taking Onco BCG 40mg injection because the medicine passes into the breast milk in small amounts and may harm your baby.
It is unknown whether Onco BCG 40mg injection can be used in patients with lung disorders. Consult your doctor if you have any lung diseases before starting the treatment.
Onco BCG 40mg injection is unsafe to use in patients with liver diseases. Dose adjustments are necessary. Inform your physician if you have any liver problems before initiating the therapy.
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Onco BCG 40mg injection because alcohol may reduce the effectiveness of the medicine.
It is unsafe to drive or operate heavy machinery after taking Onco BCG 40mg injection. The medicine may make you feel dizzy or tired.
Side Effects of Onco Bcg 40mg Injection
Side effects are unwanted symptoms caused by medicines. Even though all drugs cause side effects, not everyone gets them.
- Frequency and urgency of urination, painful urination
- Inflammation of bladder
- Urinary tract infection
Word of Advice
If you are planning to receive any vaccines, including the yellow fever vaccine, you should inform your doctor and discuss the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccine while undergoing treatment with the Onco BCG 40mg injection. This injection may cause UTIs, so it is necessary to maintain good hygiene and to drink plenty of fluids during the treatment to prevent urinary tract infections.
Q 1. Whether Onco BCG 40mg injection be given at home?
A healthcare professional usually administers Onco BCG 40mg injection in a hospital or clinic setting. This is because the medication is injected directly into the bladder, which requires special training and equipment to perform safely and effectively. However, in some cases, it may be possible for patients to receive this drug at home with the support of a healthcare professional.
Q 2. Can Onco BCG 40mg injection cause Urinary tract infection?
Yes, Onco BCG 40mg injection can cause urinary tract infections like bladder irritation, frequent urination and blood in the urine. If you face any symptoms inform your doctor immediately and seek medical advice.
Q 3. How is Onco BCG 40mg injection administered?
Onco BCG 40mg injection is administered through intravesical injection, which means it is injected directly into the bladder through a catheter that is inserted through the urethra. The medication is then held in the bladder for a period of time before being expelled through urination.
Q 4. Can Onco BCG 40mg injection be given to patients with kidney problems?
Onco BCG 40mg injection is primarily excreted through the kidneys, so patients with kidney problems may be at increased risk of side effects from the drug. Inform your physician if you have kidney problems before initiating the therapy.
Q 5. Will I get a fever after receiving the Onco BCG 40mg injection?
Yes, some people may get a mild to moderate fever after receiving the Onco BCG 40mg injection, and usually it goes away on its own within a few days. If you experience a fever or other side effects that persist or become more severe over time, you should contact your healthcare provider.
Fact Box of Onco Bcg 40mg Injection
Molecule name: Bacillus calmette-guerin strain
Therapeutic class: Anticancer
Pharmacological class: Vaccines
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