Generic Name: Niraparib (nye RAP a rib)
Brand Name: Zejula
Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018.
Uses of Niraparib:
- It is used to treat ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Niraparib?
- If you have an allergy to niraparib or any part of niraparib.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take niraparib or for 1 month after you stop niraparib.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take niraparib with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Niraparib?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take niraparib. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- A bone marrow problem called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and a type of leukemia have rarely happened in patients treated with niraparib. Sometimes, this has been deadly. Talk with your doctor.
- This medicine may stop your bone marrow from making some of the cells that your body needs. You will be closely watched by your doctor. Tell your doctor right away about any fever, sore throat, signs of infection, bleeding, shortness of breath, or feeling tired.
- You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
- You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- High blood pressure has happened with niraparib. Have your blood pressure checked as you have been told by your doctor.
- Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect being able to father a child. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- If you are able to get pregnant, a pregnancy test will be done to show that you are NOT pregnant before starting niraparib. Talk with your doctor.
- Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking niraparib and for 6 months after stopping niraparib.
- If you get pregnant while taking niraparib or within 6 months after your last dose, call your doctor right away.
How is this medicine (Niraparib) best taken?
Use niraparib as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take niraparib at the same time of day.
- Take with or without food.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, open, or crush.
- Taking niraparib at bedtime may help prevent upset stomach.
- If you throw up after taking a dose, do not repeat the dose. Take your next dose at your normal time.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep taking niraparib as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) like blood in the urine, burning or pain when passing urine, feeling the need to pass urine often or right away, fever, lower stomach pain, or pelvic pain.
- Signs of bleeding like throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds; coughing up blood; blood in the urine; black, red, or tarry stools; bleeding from the gums; vaginal bleeding that is not normal; bruises without a reason or that get bigger; or any bleeding that is very bad or that you cannot stop.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Weight loss.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Swelling of belly.
- Shortness of breath.
What are some other side effects of Niraparib?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Belly pain or heartburn.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Dry mouth.
- Not hungry.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Muscle or joint pain.
- Back pain.
- Change in taste.
- Not able to sleep.
- Nose or throat irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Niraparib?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about niraparib, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
More about niraparib
- Niraparib Side Effects
- During Pregnancy
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- Support Group
- En Español
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- Drug class: PARP inhibitors
Other brands: Zejula