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Liposomal irinotecan, CPT-11
Irinotecan is a type of chemotherapy. It works by stopping or slowing the growth of cells. This medicine may be given in the clinic, hospital, or at home.
A lab test may be performed to see how quickly a patient breaks down irinotecan. Your care team will order certain tests to check blood counts and monitor liver and kidney function. The dose of irinotecan may change based on lab tests.
When given by IV, irinotecan by IV can cause tissue damage if it leaks from the vein. Tell your care team if your child has pain, burning, redness, or swelling around the IV site.
May be taken as a liquid by mouth
May be given into a vein by IV
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rash, hives, itching, chills, fever, headache, muscle ache, shortness of breath, coughing, tightness in the throat, swelling of the face or neck.
Not all patients who take irinotecan will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist. Find more information on side effects.
Patients who take irinotecan may be at risk for medical problems that continue or develop later in life. These can include problems with fertility, or the ability to get pregnant or father a child. Your care team can give you more information about your child’s risk.
Be sure to discuss all questions and instructions with your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine can pose a health risk to caregivers or others who come in contact with the medicine. Follow instructions for safe handling, storage, and disposal. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and pets.