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Topotecan is an anti-cancer (antineoplastic or cytotoxic) chemotherapy drug. This medication is classified as an topoisomerase 1 inhibitor. Hycamtin.
Topotecan may be given as a drip (infusion) in one of the following ways:
- by injection into a vein (intravenously), through a fine tube inserted into a vein, usually in the back of your hand (cannula)
- through a fine, plastic tube inserted under the skin and into a vein near your collarbone (central line)
- into a fine tube inserted into a vein in the crook of your arm (PICC line).
The infusion takes approximately 30 minutes. Topotecan can also be taken as capsules that should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. The capsules can be taken with or without food. Your doctor may want you to take a combination of 0.25mg and 1mg capsules. You need to make sure you're taking the right dose and that you don't take too much or too little.