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Folinic Acid Warnings And Recalls
Leucovorin: Essentially a vitamin but a reduced form of folic acid. Commonly used in combination with certain chemotherapy drugs when treating cancer. In colon cancer it is used because the tumor is deficient in folinic acid so by replacing it, the chemo works better. When using high dose methotrexate, you have to use this called leucovorin rescue, otherwise the side effects are terrible. ...Read more
I'm currently on my 7th cycle of chemo (mtx+folinic acid) for molar pregancy &my hCG readings are 790 >150 >16 > 8 >7.9> 5.5 > 8. What is my prognosis?
Good: Your doctor should have explained that levels less than 10 are considered negative, at most labs. ...Read more
My mom, 60, is on methotrex 10 mg per week and leflunomide 10 mg/day for her r.A. For 1 year. Does she require folinic acid or is folate (folic acid) 5mg/day ok?
"Leucovorin calcium rescue is indicated after high-dose methotrexate therapy in osteosarcoma. Leucovorin calcium is also indicated to diminish the toxicity and counteract the effects of impaired methotrexate elimination and of inadvertent overdosages of folic acid antagonists.
Leucovorin calcium is indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemias due to folic acid deficiency when oral therapy > ...Read more
Leucovorin injection: "Leucovorin is improper therapy for pernicious anemia and other megaloblastic anemias secondary to the lack of vitamin B12. A hematologic remission may occur while neurologic manifestations continue to progress." See: http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/leucovorin-injection. Html ...Read more
Leucovorin: The injection is prescribed. See: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a608038.html ...Read more
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Not anti tumor: Leukovorum is used as an adjuvant or modifier of single or combinations of chemotherapeutic agents. It helps to prevent the toxic side effects of a number of chemotherapeutic agents including methotrexate. It also can be used to treat anemia caused by a lack of folic acid. It is added to combination of drugs employed in the supportive care of patients with colon cancer but does not have anticancer effects on diseases such as colon cancer, . ...Read more
Should cytoxan, fludara, (fludarabine) leucovorin be taken together or only one of them at a time during chemotherapy?
Not a common combo: This is not a common combination of agents. What is being treated? ...Read more
For the past 5 days I've been vomiting food, water, and stomach acid multiple times a day. It comes with little warning and I cant control it.
Need an EGD: Don't know your age. If older, If this is not now resolving /resolved - suggesting a stomach flu - you will then assuredly need an EGD by a gastroenterologist and maybe even a CT scan of the abdomen. For something like this, it either self resolves quickly or you need a work-up by an internist (blood tests and urine tests) and a referral to a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
I sing all the time. After warning up today my throat started burning really badly. I'm on omeprazole for acid reflux. What could this be? A hemorage?
Possibly: Did your voice change with this burning sensation? If not, it's not likely a hemorrhage. Any burning from reflux should have felt like, well, reflux. If your voice did change with this, you need to rest it fora few days, and it would help to have it examined by an ent. It might be nice to see someone who specializes in voice problems, but most ent's could help with this. ...Read more
Blood test showed folic acid level that my doc said was "higher than he thought was possible". I can't recall exact numbers. Should I be concerned?
No need for concern: High Folic Acid levels either indicate that you are taking a lot of Folic Acid through your diet and/or vitamins or you cannot process Folic Acid and so it builds up to high levels in the blood. This can be due to a genetic abnormality called mthfr, which can be tested through a regular blood test. Treatment is usually a different form of Folic Acid called methylfolate along with methylb12. ...Read more
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