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Often used for:
Leukemia, Brain tumors, Neuroblastoma, Sarcomas, Other solid tumors
Topotecan is a type of chemotherapy. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cells. It is usually used in combination with other medicines.
Patients will have regular blood draws to check blood counts and monitor liver and kidney function Patients may have regular blood draws to check the amount of topotecan in the blood. The dose of topotecan may change over time based on the amount of drug in your blood.
Topotecan by IV can cause tissue damage if it leaks from the vein. Patients may have irritation at the IV site. Let a caregiver know if there is burning during administration.
May be taken as a liquid by mouth
May be taken as a capsule by mouth
May be given as a liquid into a vein by IV
Not all patients who take topotecan 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.
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.