Topotecan is available as a pill you can swallow or as an intravenous (IV) medicine.
How It Works
Topotecan is a topoisomerase inhibitor that stops the growth of cancer cells by preventing cell division.
Why It Is Used
How Well It Works
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 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.)
What To Think About
Topotecan should only be administered under the supervision of a medical oncologist.
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.
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