This medication treats small cell lung cancer by killing cancer cells or slowing their growth.
How to use topotecan
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking topotecan and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily for 5 days or as directed by your doctor. Each 5-day treatment period is called a cycle. You will usually repeat this cycle every 21 days. The dosage is based on your body size, medical condition, laboratory tests, and response to treatment.
Take this medication with or without food. Swallow the capsules whole. Do not open, crush, or chew the capsules. If the capsule contents touch your skin, wash the skin immediately and completely with soap and water. If the contents get into your eyes, mouth, or nose, flush immediately with water for at least 15 minutes. Consult your doctor if you have redness/burning/swelling on the area of skin the contents touched or if the contents get into your eyes.
If you vomit after taking a dose, do not take another dose at that time. Take your next dose on your usual dosing schedule.
All people should wash their hands carefully after handling this drug. Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle this medication.