Medicines used to treat cancer are very strong and can have many side effects. Before receiving this medicine, make sure you understand all the risks and benefits. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor during your treatment.
You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. It may also be given by a home health caregiver.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
The medicine is usually given every day for 5 days. This 5-day treatment is given again every 21 days for 2 or 3 months, or until your body responds to the medicine.
If you store this medicine at home, keep it at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets. Follow any special instructions about how to throw away empty medicine bottles, tubes, or bags.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use two forms of birth control to keep from getting pregnant while you are using this medicine and for at least 6 months after your treatment ends. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Chemotherapy causes nausea and/or vomiting in many people. Ask your doctor or nurse about ways to control these side effects.
This medicine may make you weak or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
This medicine will reduce your body's ability to fight infection. Avoid exposure to people with colds or infections while you are receiving topotecan.
Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.