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There are several Sancuso warnings and precautions to be aware of before starting the medication. For instance, if you have certain medical conditions, such as a bowel blockage or liver disease, you may not be able to safely use Sancuso. Precautions and warnings for this medication also apply to people with certain allergies and to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Sancuso: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Sancuso® (granisetron transdermal) if you have:
  • A bowel blockage (obstruction)
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Sancuso Warnings and Precautions

Some precautions and warnings to be aware of prior to taking Sancuso include the following:
  • This medication can mask the symptoms of an intestinal blockage. If you are at risk for an intestinal blockage, your healthcare provider might want to monitor you more closely.
  • Sancuso can interact with a few other medications (see Sancuso Drug Interactions for more information).
  • If you have liver disease, your body may not metabolize Sancuso as well as it should. Therefore, you may require extra monitoring by your healthcare provider and you may need to take a lower Sancuso dosage. However, most people with liver problems do not need a lower dosage.
  • Never cut a patch or use a patch that has been cut or torn in any way.
  • Make sure to keep the patch covered by clothing (protected from sunlight). Also, be sure to protect the area of the skin from sunlight for ten days after you have removed the patch to avoid a potential skin reaction.
  • Minor skin reactions due to the patch are probably nothing to worry about. However, if you experience a severe skin reaction or a reaction that covers your entire body, remove the patch immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Sancuso is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Sancuso and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known if Sancuso passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Sancuso and Breastfeeding).
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