Pfizer | Camptosar (Medication)


Camptosar/irinotecan is an anti-cancer (antineoplastic or cytotoxic) chemotherapy drug.

Camptosar is classified as a plant alkaloid and topoisomerase I inhibitor used for:first-line therapy in combination with 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin for patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum; patients with metastatic carcinoma of the colon or rectum whose disease has recurred or progressed following initial fluorouracil-based therapy. ...

Side Effect:

Serious side effects may include:wheezing, feeling short of breath; chest pain, dry cough; pale skin, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat; runny nose, watery eyes, increased sweating, stomach cramps, and flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling); black, bloody, or tarry stools; nausea or vomiting that keeps you from drinking enough fluids; burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle; sudden numbness or weakness, problems with vision, speech, or balance; swelling, rapid weight gain; or feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, feeling light-headed, or hot and dry skin.

Less serious Camptosar side effects may include:dizziness; temporary hair loss; loss of appetite, constipation; mild skin rash; or redness or peeling of the skin on your hands and feet. ...


Before starting Camptosar treatment, make sure you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking (including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, herbal remedies, etc. ). Do not take aspirin, products containing aspirin unless your doctor specifically permits this.

Do not receive any kind of immunization or vaccination without your doctor's approval while taking Camptosar. In general the use of laxatives or stool stimulants should be avoided because of the potential for worsening diarrhea.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...