|Brand name(s), other common name(s)||Hycamtin®|
|Drug type||DNA-repair enzyme inhibitor|
|How the drug is given||Intravenously (IV)|
Topotecan is an FDA-approved cancer drug that is used to treat people who have certain types of cancer including acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This drug may cause a temporary loss of hair in some people. After treatment with topotecan has ended, normal hair growth should return.
Side effects needing medical attention:Black, tarry stools; blood in urine or stools; cough or hoarseness (accompanied by fever or chills); fever or chills; lower back or side pain (accompanied by fever or chills); painful or difficult urination (accompanied by fever or chills); pinhead-sized red spots on skin or rash, hives and/or itching; shortness of breath, troubled breathing or fast or irregular breathing; unusual bleeding or bruising; large, hive-like swellings on the face, eyelids, mouth, lips and/or tongue; puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes; tightness in chest or wheezing; unusual tiredness or weakness; changes in the skin color of the face.
Side effects needing medical attention after stopping this medication: Abdominal or stomach pain; burning or tingling in hands or feet; constipation; diarrhea; fatigue; headache; loss of appetite; muscle weakness; nausea or vomiting; sores, ulcers or white spots on lips or tongue or inside the mouth.