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Side Effects of Irinotecan Chemo

Although some people can tolerate irinotecan (Camptosar®) well, most people will develop some type of side effect while undergoing chemotherapy with this drug. Extensive clinical trials have been done on irinotecan. In these studies, some of the most commonly reported reactions to the drug included:
  • Low white blood cell counts
  • Anemia (low red blood cells)
  • Vomiting
  • Hair loss.
Some of the side effects of irinotecan can lead to potentially serious and even life-threatening complications. Make sure to seek immediate medical treatment if you develop any of the following problems:
  • Persistent diarrhea or vomiting
  • Vomiting blood
  • Chest pain.
(Click Irinotecan Side Effects for more problems that may develop with this chemotherapy drug, including statistics on how frequently they occurred in clinical trials.)
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