Generic Name: granisetron (transdermal) (gra NIS e tron)
Brand Names: Sancuso
What is Sancuso?
Sancuso blocks the actions of chemicals in the body that may cause nausea and vomiting.
Sancuso transdermal (skin patch) is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy.
Sancuso may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important informationYou should not use Sancuso if you are allergic to granisetron.
Before using Sancuso, tell your doctor if you have a stomach or intestinal disorder, if you have recently had stomach or intestinal surgery, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any type of medicated skin patch. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use Sancuso.Avoid exposing the skin patch or your upper arm to sunlight, sunlamps, or tanning beds. Natural or artificial sunlight can cause a skin reaction where the Sancuso skin patch is worn. This effect may last for up to 10 days after the patch is removed. Wear protective clothing over your arms while you are wearing the skin patch and for at least 10 days after you remove a patch. Do not use Sancuso during a time when you are not having chemotherapy, unless your doctor has told you to.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Sancuso?You should not use Sancuso if you are allergic to granisetron.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using Sancuso, tell your doctor if you have:
a stomach or intestinal disorder;
if you have recently had stomach or intestinal surgery; or
if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any type of medicated skin patch.
How should I use Sancuso?
Use Sancuso exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Apply the Sancuso skin patch 24 to 48 hours before your chemotherapy is scheduled to start. To use the patch, open the sealed pouch and remove the protective liner. Apply the transdermal patch to a clean, dry area on the outer side of your upper arm. Avoid placing the patch on skin that is red, irritated or damaged.
Press the patch onto the skin and press it down firmly with your fingers. Make sure the patch is well sealed around the edges.
Leave the patch in place and wear it for at least 24 hours after your chemotherapy ends. You may continue wearing the Sancuso skin patch for up to 7 days if needed, depending on your chemotherapy schedule. Follow your doctor's instructions.Do not cut or trim the Sancuso skin patch.
If the patch falls off, try sticking it back on. If it does not stay on, replace it with a new one and wear it for the rest of your patch-wearing time. Do not change your schedule, even if you apply a new patch to replace one that has fallen off.
After removing a patch, fold it in half so it sticks together and throw it away in a place where children or pets cannot get to it.Do not use Sancuso during a time when you are not having chemotherapy, unless your doctor has told you to. Keep each Sancuso skin patch in its sealed pouch until you are ready to use it. Store the pouches at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you forget to apply a Sancuso skin patch at least 24 hours before your chemotherapy is scheduled to start. Do not use extra patches to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of Sancuso is not expected to produce life-threatening side effects.
What should I avoid?Avoid exposing the Sancuso skin patch or your upper arm to sunlight, sunlamps, or tanning beds. Natural or artificial sunlight can cause a skin reaction where the Sancuso skin patch is worn. This effect may last for up to 10 days after the patch is removed. Wear protective clothing over your arms while you are wearing the skin patch and for at least 10 days after you remove a patch.
Sancuso side effectsGet emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Remove the skin patch and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
severe redness, itching, swelling, or other irritation where the patch is worn;
uneven heart rate;
fever, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding; or
feeling like you might pass out.
Less serious Sancuso side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
loss of appetite;
mild itching or skin irritation where the patch is worn;
dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety;
sleep problems (insomnia); or
temporary hair loss.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Sancuso?
There may be other drugs that can interact with Sancuso. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Sancuso.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Sancuso only for the indication prescribed.
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