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Camptosar

Important Facts About Your Chemotherapy

Information for Patients From Pharmacia & Upjohn Company

Contents
What's in This Booklet
What Is CAMPTOSAR?
How CAMPTOSAR Works
Cancer and Cancer Drugs
CAMPTOSAR
Treatment With CAMPTOSAR
Side Effects of CAMPTOSAR
What Causes Drug Side Effects?
Diarrhea
Risk of Infections
Nausea and Vomiting
Hair Loss
Other Problems
What You Should Do About Side Effects
General DO's and DON'Ts During
Treatment With CAMPTOSAR
DO
DON'T
When You Should Call Your Doctor
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
Patient Worksheet
Full Prescribing Information

What's in This Booklet

This booklet provides general information about chemotherapy: how it works and why it causes side effects. Specific facts are included about one chemotherapeutic drug, CAMPTOSAR® Injection (irinotecan HCl injection), and the side effects it can cause. Also inside is important information to help you avoid or resolve problems during your treatment.

Camptotheca plant

Camptotheca acuminata plant.

What Is CAMPTOSAR?

CAMPTOSAR is a partly man-made, or "semisynthetic," drug. It is similar to an extract from a plant called Camptotheca acuminata, which grows in Asia. CAMPTOSAR helps fight cancer but also has more tolerable side effects than the original plant extract.


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