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Clinical Studies on Sancuso

A study has shown that the Sancuso patch works about as well as oral Kytril® (the same medication, granisetron, which is taken by mouth instead). There was no significant difference between the medications in terms of effectiveness. In this study, 60.2 percent of people using the patch had no vomiting or retching, no more than mild nausea, and no need for "rescue" medications.

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for those taking Sancuso include the following:
  • Sancuso comes in a skin patch. It is applied to the skin 24 to 48 hours before the start of chemotherapy. It is removed after a minimum of 24 hours after the last day of chemotherapy (up to a maximum of seven days total). The medication is not approved for chemotherapy regimens that last longer than five days.
  • Apply the patch to clean, dry, healthy skin of the upper outer arm.
  • Do not cut the patch or use a patch that has been cut or torn under any circumstances.
  • 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.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dose of Sancuso, regardless of your age or weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Sancuso Dosage for more information.)
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