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The recommended dosage of Zanosar for treating pancreatic cancer is based largely on your height and weight. Other factors will include how you respond to this chemotherapy medication and if you develop serious side effects. Zanosar is given as either a fast or slow injection, and can be administered daily or weekly, depending on the schedule your healthcare provider recommends.
An Introduction to Dosing With ZanosarThe dose of Zanosar® (streptozocin) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your height and weight
- How you respond to and tolerate it
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
What Is the Recommended Zanosar Dosage?Like many chemotherapy medicines, Zanosar dosing is based on body surface area, which is normally calculated using your height and weight. Doses based on body surface area are written as milligrams per meter squared (mg per m2).
Your healthcare provider may recommend one of two schedules for your treatment -- daily dosing or weekly dosing. The usual recommended daily dose of Zanosar is 500 mg per m2 once a day for five days in a row. This amount is normally repeated every six weeks until your cancer no longer responds to the medicine or you experience potentially serious side effects.
The usual recommended weekly dose of Zanosar is 1000 mg per m2 each week. Your healthcare provider may increase this amount if your cancer has not adequately responded after two weeks of treatment. The maximum recommended weekly dose of Zanosar is 1500 mg per m2. Weekly doses are normally repeated until the cancer no longer responds to the medicine or you experience potentially serious side effects.
People with kidney or liver disease may need lower Zanosar doses. People who experience potentially serious side effects may also need lower amounts.