Hycamtin Side Effects

As with other chemotherapy medications, Hycamtin often causes very serious or intolerable side effects. In fact, many of these problems can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment, as side effects can cause people to not receive their medication on schedule. Potential side effects of Hycamtin include vomiting, hair loss, and fever or other signs of an infection.

An Introduction to Hycamtin Side Effects

As with any medicine, Hycamtin® (topotecan) can cause side effects. However, unlike most types of medications, chemotherapy drugs (including Hycamtin) often cause very serious or intolerable side effects. In fact, the side effects of chemotherapy often limit the effectiveness of the drugs (as side effects often interfere with receiving chemotherapy "on schedule").
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Hycamtin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Hycamtin

Hycamtin has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully documented.
Some of the more common side effects of Hycamtin included:
Other common side effects (occurring in 15 to 29 percent of people) included:
  • Constipation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • General weakness
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Mouth sores
  • Coughing.
It should be noted that, as with most chemotherapy medications, many of the common side effects are also serious side effects.
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Hycamtin Medication Information

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