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Available only by prescription, Hycamtin® (topotecan) is a drug used to treat various types of cancer. In particular, the oral form of this product (capsule form) is approved for treating lung cancer, while the injectable form of Hycamtin is used to treat lung, ovarian, and cervical cancer.
Hycamtin is typically used once daily for three to five days, every 21 days (for a certain number of cycles). Possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, and anemia.
Before undergoing treatment with this medication, it's important to review Hycamtin's safety information with your healthcare provider. This chemotherapy drug may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions (such as kidney disease, an infection, or any bleeding) or are taking any other types of medicine.
(For more information on this chemotherapy medication, click Hycamtin. This article gives a more in-depth discussion, explaining how Hycamtin works, what to expect while taking it, and how your healthcare provider will determine your dose.)
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