What is Jakavi 5 mg Tablet ?
Jakavi belongs to the group of medications called antineoplastics, or anti-cancer medications. Jakavi, an oral medication, contains Ruxolitinib as an active ingredient. It is a prescription drug that should be used under proper medical guidance and advice. Do not share the medicine with others, since they may be suffering from a problem that is not effectively treated by this drug.
What is the use of Jakavi 5 mg Tablet ?
Ruxolitinib medication is used to treat certain bone marrow disorders such as Myelofibrosis and Polycythemia vera etc.
Myelofibrosis – A condition in which the bone marrow is replaced by scar tissue and causes decreased blood cell production. Myelofibrosis (MF) is a progressive disease that affects each person differently.
Polycythemia vera – Polycythemia vera is a slow-growing blood cancer in which your bone marrow makes too many red blood cells. These excess cells thicken your blood, slowing its flow. They also cause complications, such as blood clots, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
How Does Jakavi Ruxolitinib 5 mg Tablet Work?
Ruxolitinib, works by blocking a group of enzymes known as Janus kinases (JAKs), which are involved in the production and growth of blood cells. In myelofibrosis and polycythaemia vera, there is too much JAK activity, leading to the abnormal production of blood cells. These blood cells migrate to organs including the spleen, causing them to become enlarged. By blocking JAKs, Jakavi reduces the abnormal production of blood cells, thereby reducing the symptoms of the diseases.
What are the adverse effects of Jakavi 5 mg ?
When you take Ruxolitinib cancer medicine, it’s important to be aware of changes in your body and how you feel. This medicine can cause some side effects. Side effects can range from mild to severe and the risk of getting side effects varies from person to person. The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Ruxolitinib:
Common Side Effects of Jakavi Tablet : Headache ; Dizziness ; Tiredness ; Weakness ; Shortness of breath ; Weight gain ; Gas ; Constipation ; Shingles ; High Cholesterol ; Diarrhea ; Nosebleed etc.
Serious Side Effects of Jakavi Tablet : Unusual bleeding or bruising ; Low blood cell counts ; Infection ; Anemia ; Cloudy urine ; Small, red or purple spots on the skin etc.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Ruxolitinib 5 mg Tablets. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What are the safety measures of Jakavi 5 mg Tablets ?
Before Taking Jakavi cancer medication, it is important to understand all precautions or safety information associated with it. Follow the following prescription medicine precautions :
|Jakavi may be harmful in pregnancy and there is a potential risk of miscarriage or carrying a child with birth defects if you or your partner becomes pregnant during this time. Take proper medical help in case you are pregnant, may be pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future.|
|Although it is unclear whether a nursing infant would be exposed to this cancer medication. But, because of the potential for serious side effects, Jakavi should not be used while breastfeeding. If you are infected with hepatitis, you should discuss it with your doctor.|
|Your health care professional may recommend blood tests to see how your body is working. Blood tests help doctors check for certain diseases and conditions. They also help check the function of your organs and show how well treatments are working.|
|Before taking this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to Jakavi; or if you have any other allergies. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Ruxolitinib 5 mg Tablets.|
|If you take Jakavi, you must stop drinking alcohol. This is one of the ways to prevent this disease from getting worse. If you are dependent on alcohol and want to stop drinking, your doctor can recommend a therapy that’s tailored for your needs.|
|If you use other prescription drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Jakavi may change. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that your pharmacist can help you prevent or manage drug interactions.|
|If you miss a dose of Jakavi 5 mg, contact your doctor immediately to establish a new dosing schedule. Be careful not to take doses too close together because you might get side effects. Do not take 2 doses of it at the same time to make up for the missed dose.|
|Do not take Jakavi the use by (expiry) date printed on the pack. Do not take it if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.|
|During your treatment with Jakavi, it is very important for your doctor to know about your medical history if you have Kidney problems, liver problems, HIV, triglycerides, diabetes or other health problems.|
What are the storage instructions for Jakavi 5 mg ?
Patients must properly store the drug to retain its quality and efficacy. Following storage instructions will be helpful in storing the drug in the best of manner. The major instructions one should follow while storing Ruxolitinib Tablets include:
- Store Ruxolitinib tablets in a cool and dry place (Not in refrigerator).
• Discard the medicine if its expiry date has crossed.
• Keep this cancer medicine away from the reach of children or pets.
• A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half meters above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
• Keep your tablets in the original container until it is time to take them.
• Do not store Jakavi or any other medicine in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Do not leave it in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.