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Generic: topotecan
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It is used to treat lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer
               



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What is this medicine?

TOPOTECAN (TOE poe TEE kan) is a chemotherapy drug. It is used to treat lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blood disorders
  • dehydration
  • diarrhea
  • immune system problems
  • infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • kidney disease
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • recent or ongoing radiation therapy
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to topotecan, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

In rare cases, you might get this medicine at home. You will be taught how to give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • amiodarone
  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • cisplatin
  • clarithromycin
  • cyclosporine
  • diltiazem
  • erythromycin
  • grapefruit or grapefruit juice
  • medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • mefloquine
  • mifepristone, RU- 486
  • nicardipine
  • phenytoin
  • propafenone
  • quinidine
  • tacrolimus
  • tamoxifen
  • testosterone
  • vaccines
  • verapamil

Talk to your prescriber or health care professional before taking any of these medicines:

  • aspirin
  • acetaminophen
  • ibuprofen
  • naproxen
  • ketoprofen

               
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