Generic Name: olaparib (oh LAP a rib)
Brand Name: Lynparza
What is olaparib?
Olaparib is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.
Olaparib is used to treat advanced ovarian cancer in women with a certain abnormal inherited gene. Olaparib is usually given after at least 3 other cancer medicines have been tried without success.
The tablet form of olaparib is also used to treat ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or peritoneal cancer that has come back after prior chemotherapy. Olaparib tablets can help maintain your body's response after you finish chemotherapy.
Olaparib may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur during treatment with olaparib. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as: fever, weakness, feeling tired or short of breath, mouth sores, skin sores, easy bruising or bleeding, blood in your urine or stools, or weight loss.
You will need weekly or monthly blood tests, and your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests.
Olaparib may also cause serious lung problems. Call your doctor if you have chest pain, wheezing, trouble breathing, or a new or worsening cough.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use olaparib if you are allergic to it.
To make sure olaparib is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
lung disease or breathing problems; or
bone marrow problems or other types of cancer.
You may need to have a negative pregnancy test before starting this treatment.
Do not use olaparib if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine and for at least 6 months after your last dose.
It is not known whether olaparib passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine and for at least 1 month after your last dose.
How should I take olaparib?
Your doctor will perform a blood test to make sure olaparib is the right treatment for your condition.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not crush, chew, dissolve, or break an olaparib capsule or tablet. Swallow the pill whole.
If your doctor changes your brand, strength, or type of olaparib, your dosage needs may change. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about the olaparib pills you receive at the pharmacy.
Olaparib capsules must not be used as a substitute for olaparib tablets. These two pill forms are not taken in the same dosage amounts.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Olaparib can lower blood cells that help your body fight infections and help your blood to clot. You will need weekly or monthly blood tests. You may also need chest x-rays to be sure this medicine is not causing harmful effects on your lungs. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Do not use any olaparib capsule that has been exposed to high heat (higher than 104 degrees).
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking olaparib?
Grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and Seville oranges may interact with olaparib and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products while taking olaparib.
Olaparib side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Serious and sometimes fatal infections may occur during treatment with olaparib. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as:
fever, chills, flu symptoms;
sudden weakness or tired feeling;
painful mouth sores, red or swollen gums;
skin sores, red spots on the skin;
pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
blood in your urine or stools; or
Call your doctor at once if you have:
wheezing, shortness of breath, new or worsening cough;
chest pain; or
severe or ongoing nausea or vomiting.
Common side effects may include:
cold of flu symptoms (stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, cough, sore throat);
feeling weak or tired;
heartburn, indigestion, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation;
headache, back pain, muscle or joint pain;
blisters or ulcers in your mouth, altered sense of taste;
abnormal kidney function tests.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Olaparib dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Ovarian Cancer:
Initial dose: 400 mg (eight 50 mg capsules) orally twice a day
Duration of therapy: Continue treatment until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity
Comments: Patients should be selected based on the presence of deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA-mutations, as detected by an approved test.
Use: Monotherapy in patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA mutated advanced ovarian cancer who have been treated with three or more prior lines of chemotherapy
What other drugs will affect olaparib?
Other drugs may interact with olaparib, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
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- Drug class: PARP inhibitors
Other brands: Lynparza
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about olaparib.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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