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GRANISETRON - TRANSDERMAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Sancuso
USES: This medication is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drug treatment (chemotherapy). It works by blocking one of the body's natural substances (serotonin) that can cause vomiting.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Follow all instructions for how to properly apply and use the patch. Do not cut the patch into smaller sizes. Do not use the patch if it appears broken, cut, or damaged. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Apply this medication to the skin, usually 1 to 2 days (24 to 48 hours) before your chemotherapy treatment or as directed by your doctor. Do not open the sealed pouch until you are ready to use the patch. Open the pouch and remove the patch from the protective liner. Apply the patch as directed to a clean and dry area on the outside part of your upper arm. Do not apply the patch to recently shaved or oily/red/irritated/broken areas of skin or to areas where you have applied skin products such as creams or lotions. You can bathe and shower with the patch on. Wash your hands with soap and water after each application.
Wear the patch during your chemotherapy treatment until at least 24 hours after you finish treatment. Do not wear the patch for more than 7 days in a row. Consult your doctor for more details on how long you should wear your patch.
If the patch does not stick well, apply medical tape or surgical bandages to the edges of the patch to keep the patch in place. Do not completely cover the patch.
When it is time to remove the patch, peel it off gently. Fold it in half with the sticky sides together, and discard in the trash away from children and pets. Do not reuse the patch. Wash the application site and your hands with soap and water. The application site may have some mild redness, which should go away within 3 days. Contact your doctor if the redness continues after 3 days.
Use this medication exactly as directed to get the most benefit from it. Do not use more medication than prescribed. Tell your doctor if nausea occurs with your chemotherapy treatment.
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