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:
Usually the benefits of the medicine are more important than any minor side effects.
Side effects may go away after you take the medicine for a while.
If side effects still bother you and you wonder if you should keep taking the medicine, call your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change your medicine. Do not suddenly quit taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Fever, chills, body aches or flu symptoms.
Severe diarrhea with fever or stomach pain.
Easy bruising or bleeding.
White patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips, or other signs of infection.
Common side effects of this medicine include:
Decreased white blood cell counts. Red blood
cell counts and platelet counts can also be reduced.
vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Changes in liver function tests.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.