Brand Name(s): Irinotecan
Drug Class: Topoisomerase inhibitor
Camptosar is used alone in the combination of other drugs to certain cancers including cancer of the colon and rectum. While is primarily found in pill form, it is can also be administered by an intravenous injection. Camptosar is used as per the physician's or pharmacist's instructions.
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Camptosar may also be used to treat other types of cancer such as bone and lung cancer. It belongs to a class of drugs known as plant alkaloid and works by interfering with the growth and multiplication of cancer cells. It is important to note that Camptosar can reduce the blood cells that enable the body to ward off infections and blood clot. Also, Camptosar may cause acute diarrhea which can turn out to be fatal if it leads to infection. Thus be sure to contact your pharmacist whenever you experience unusual bleeding or diarrhea when using Camptosar.
Camptosar dosage is determined by the physician. Some of the factors that may determine Camptosar dose include your weight, age, sex and the body's response to treatment. The amount of Camptosar to be used depends on the strength of the medicine. If you are using Camptosar at home, make sure that you read and understand the dosage instruction on the drug's package. Call him or her if any of the terms are not clear.
- Camptosar dosage for adults, 90 minutes intravenous injection followed by LV and LV and 5-FU. The dosage may be lowered if the patient is suffering from conditions such as pelvic radiotherapy or increased bilirubin as per the pharmacist's directions/.
- Camptosar use and dosage in children has to be determined by the doctor
If you miss a Camptosar, take it as soon as you can. However, if it is about time for the second dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule.
Camptosar Side Effects
Camptosar has some side effects, just like any other drug. While some people may not experience the side effects at all, consult your doctor if the following common side effects get worse or do not disappear after a while.
- Blurred vision
- Cold hands and feet
- Stomach discomfort
Stop using Camptosar and call your pharmacist if you experience the following severe side effects
- Constricted pills
- Dark urine
- Blood in the urine
- Change in skin color
- Rapid weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur when using Camptosar. Contact your pharmacist for more advice.
Camptosar may interact with some drugs. In most cases, Camptosar is not combined with other drugs unless authorized by the pharmacist. Share a list of all prescription, over the counter drugs and dietary supplements that you may be using. Below is a list of Camptosar interactions.
- Vitamin D3
This is not a complete list of all drugs that interact with Camptosar. Therefore you should not start, stop or change the use of any drug without informing your pharmacist.