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Brand name: Irinotecan (Act) TM

Active ingredients: irinotecan

What it is used for

Indicated as a component of first line therapy for patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum. Also indicated for patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum whose disease has recurred or progressed following initial therapy

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intravenous Infusion
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Do not Freeze
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Irinotecan is supplied in brown type 1 glass vial, containing a clear to pale yellow solution, stoppered by a bromobutylic rubber stopper and sealed with a aluminium crimp and a propylene disc.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient irinotecan

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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