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When and How to Use This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with irinotecan include the following:
  • Irinotecan comes as a solution that is administered using an intravenous (IV) infusion (a slow injection into a vein), usually every one to three weeks.
  • The injections are given by a trained healthcare provider, in a healthcare setting.
  • Your healthcare provider may recommend you take certain other medications before your irinotecan dose to help prevent nausea and vomiting.
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. It works best if taken on schedule. However, you may need to miss or delay doses if you experience severe side effects.

Storage Information

Irinotecan will be stored by your healthcare provider. It should be stored at room temperature, protected from light. The medication should remain in its original carton until it is time to use it.
The medication must be diluted before use. Any medication remaining after a dose is given must be discarded, as irinotecan does not contain any preservative.

Is There a Generic Version?

Irinotecan is available in generic form (see Generic Camptosar).

Who Makes Irinotecan?

Brand-name irinotecan (sold under the name Camptosar) is manufactured by Pharmacia & Upjohn Company, a division of Pfizer Inc. There are also generic versions available, which are manufactured by various different companies.

Available Strengths

Irinotecan comes in the following strengths:
  • Irinotecan 40 mg per 2 mL single-use vials (available in brand-name and generic forms)
  • Irinotecan 100 mg per 5 mL single-use vials (available in brand-name and generic forms)
  • Camptosar 300 mg per 15 mL single-use vials (available in brand-name form only)
  • Irinotecan 500 mg per 25 mL single-use vials (available in generic form only).
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