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Topotecan is available as a pill you can swallow or as an intravenous (IV) medicine.
Topotecan is a topoisomerase inhibitor that stops the growth of
cancer cells by preventing cell division.
Topotecan is used to treat
ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and
Topotecan is an effective antitumor medicine. But the type
and extent of a cancer determines how effectively this medicine slows or
stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
Topotecan should only be administered under the supervision of a
Do not use this medicine if you have:
And do not use this medicine if:
While you are taking this medicine, don't get any "live" vaccines. Also, stay away from anyone who has recently had a live vaccine.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
May 14, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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