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Hycamtin Capsules

Side Effects


The following serious adverse reactions are described below and elsewhere in the labeling:

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The safety of HYCAMTIN capsules was evaluated in 682 patients with lung cancer (3 recurrent small cell lung cancer [SCLC] trials and 1 recurrent non-small cell lung cancer [NSCLC] trial) who received at least one dose of HYCAMTIN capsules. Patients in all four trials had advanced lung malignancies and received prior chemotherapy in the first-line setting. The dose regimen for HYCAMTIN capsules was 2.3 mg/m²/day for five consecutive days every 21 days. The median number of courses was 3 (range: 1 to 20) in these four trials. Table 2 describes the hematologic and non-hematologic adverse reactions in recurrent SCLC patients treated with HYCAMTIN capsules in the overall lung cancer patient population. | HYCAMTIN [see Use in Specific Populations].

Table 2: Incidence ( ≥ 5%) of Adverse Reactions in Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Treated With HYCAMTIN Capsules Plus BSC and in Four Lung Cancer Trials

Adverse Reaction HYCAMTIN Capsules + BSC
(N = 70)
HYCAMTIN Capsules Lung Cancer Population
[N = 682)
All Grades (%) Grade 3 (%) Grade 4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3 (%) Grade 4 (%)
  Anemia 94 15 10 98 18 7
  Neutropenia 91 28 33 83 24 32
  Thromb ocy topenia 81 30 7 81 29 6
  Nausea 27 1 0 33 3 0
  Diarrhea 14 4 1 22 4 0.4
  Vomiting 19 1 0 21 3 0.4
  Alopecia 10 0 0 20 0.1 0
  Fatigue 11 0 0 19 4 0.1
  Anorexia 7 0 0 14 2 0
  Asthenia 3 0 0 7 2 0
  Pyrexia 7 1 0 5 1 1
BSC = Best Supportive Care.
N = Total number of patients treated.

Adverse reactions were graded using NCI Common Toxicity Criteria Version 2.0.

On-Study Death Due to Toxicity of HYCAMTIN

In the 682 patients who received HYCAMTIN capsules in the four lung cancer trials, 39 deaths (6%) occurred within 30 days after the last dose for a reason other than progressive disease: 13 due to hematologic toxicity, 5 due to non-hematologic toxicity (2 from diarrhea), and 21 due to other causes.

Read the Hycamtin Capsules (topotecan capsules) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects


Topotecan is a substrate for both P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP). Inhibitors of these transporters increase the systemic exposure to oral topotecan. Avoid concomitant use of P-gp inhibitors (e.g., amiodarone, azithromycin, captopril, carvedilol, clarithromycin, conivaptan, cyclosporine, diltiazem, dronedarone, erythromycin, felodipine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lopinavir, ritonavir, quercetin, quinidine, ranolazine, ticagrelor, verapamil) and BCRP inhibitors (e.g., cyclosporine, eltrombopag) with HYCAMTIN capsules [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Read the Hycamtin Capsules Drug Interactions Center for a complete guide to possible interactions

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2016

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