How to take temozolomide?

It’s no secret – taking medicine can be a real pain in the neck. But if you’re reading this, it means that you’ve been prescribed temozolomide, a chemotherapy drug used to treat certain types of cancer. Sounds scary, right? Well, don’t fret! I’m here to make your experience as enjoyable as possible (or at least less than terrible). So put on your best fake smile and let’s dive right into the hilarious world of taking temozolomide!

Before we get started…

Before we start brainstorming ways to take this medication with some flare, let me drop some knowledge on you regarding what this drug does exactly. You know, because it will help with understanding why exactly we are putting ourselves through all of these hoops.

Temozolomide is actually pretty impressive stuff – for starters, it’s an anti-cancer (meaning against-prevalent) chemotherapy drug used primarily in brain tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme or astrocytoma level 2+3.^1 It helps slow down the growth and spread of cancer cells by preventing DNA replication within those cells. Simply put: This tiny little pill allows us our body fighting chance against its mortal enemy — shiny rogue cells who just won’t quit.

But enough about science mumbo-jumbo–let’s get back to planning how not hate every minute ingestibly relevant minute.

“Misery loves company”…and laughter makes misery slightly more bearable

If you’re going through chemotherapy treatment regimens/chemotherapy goodies/treatment rounds/sessions/smack-downs (replace with word preferred) – there may seem like there isn’t much levity anywhere from dawn until dusk(y drugs), but trust me when I say this: Laughter is key! Like my friend Pliny the Elder once said, “Laughter is the best medicine. Unless you have cancer. Then chemotherapy is probably better.”

  • Image your hair finally growing back

Now just imagine you’re sitting there taking this little pill and suddenly BAM – it hits you: You’re actually a superhero! Or that every time the nurse says “this may hurt” what they mean to say is “this will tickle”. A over active imagination makes things more interesting and funny!

Time for Some Tips!

Alright folks, enough with the witty punchlines and cheesy one-liners – let’s get down to business.

1. Follow Instructions Closely

This might sound like a no-brainer but I can guarantee underestimating or misinterpreting directions happens way too often (guilty as charged!). Make sure to read instructions carefully before discussing any concerns with healthcare professionals who are supporting (you) . If you do notice something out of the ordinary (i.e., new symptoms or side effects), think before uttering phrases or winging it on doses:

“I’m an adult right? So if one temozolomide via mouthful isn’t effective then surely two can’t hurt.”

WRONG!!!

The consequences could be severe so please play by those rules, ladies & gents.

2. Drink Water

It’s always good practice when taking medicines —but drink plenty waters plural—especially in this context because we want make all our organs happy and hydrated since temozolomide stays around longer than other drugs. Drinking about two litres of water each day will suffice — just warning ya though running may increase ^2my personal experimentation.

3. Handle With Care

It doesn’t need body armor protection from environmental elements; however protecting yourself properly while handling the drug will make it safer for you & those immediately around you. This means using gloves when handling your pills, as well as washing your hands after treating them like they’re fine china.

4. Take it with Food

Now who doesn’t enjoy a little grub? Temozolomide is most effective when paired (we’re not implying that these two are now bae goals) eaten along beside food because this reduces stomach irritation if there would’ve been any^3. No time to eat or chew? Fermentation has found its way again into our supper/solutions! As long as applesauce’s in the house, nursing pill via meals can be skipped no more…lip smacking might get annoying but we deal!

5. Remember Your Schedule

It’s important to take temozolomide on schedule –missing one dose every so often needn’t worry about since close attention must be paid when taking medicine of this variety•upmost importance — just try and avoid forgetting these ingesting fictions all-together – maybe pair your dosage window with something enjoyable?

“Bob puts his spouse in their place once he ingests”

“Jamie plays Tetris afterward.”

Hey, whatever helps jog the memory bank works best for clarity’s sake here.

6. Use Vital Killing Birds Penmanship When Labeling Your Medication Stash

Nothing cheesey; jokes really stop at label-making point otherwise nobody wins :(. But to keep everyone safe from additional risks associated with chemotherapy drugs sharing space with other prescriptions/OTC products — correct labeling makes certain what’s inside stays clear….clearly labeled.^4

Final Thoughts…

Temozolomide is undoubtedly an important medication that should always be taken seriously – BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T HAVE A LITTLE FUN ALONG THE WAY!! Follow these tips listed above and hopefully not only will you experience working its magic, but also some good laughs along the way.

And with that I’ll leave you with a joke to hopefully make your day (or at least slightly improve it):

Why did the hipster start using chemotherapy?
Because he thought getting his hair back was too mainstream.

References

  1. Chemocare.com: https://chemocare.com/chemotherapy/drug-info/Temozolomide.aspx
  2. MedPage Today: https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/aancr/3169 //
    3.Verywellhealth; “Temozolomide Can Be Taken With or Without Food”>(https://www.verywellhealth.com/taking-temodar-or-temozolamide-and-potential-side-effects-430681)
    4.MUSC Health News Center; “Underscoring critical importance of chemotherapy drug handling for patient safety” > (https://web.musc.edu/about/news-center/2017/08/10/nscn-coverstory)

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